Rugby: Finlay Calder OBE

Finlay Calder has shared memories of his Rugby Union career in support of the network.

Finlay captained the British and Irish Lions on their 1989 tour and holds a unique place in Lions history as the only 20th century captain to lead the team to a series victory after losing the opening Test. He made his international debut for Scotland in 1986 and made history three years later by following his brother Jim, a 1983 tourist, into the Lions red jersey, making them the only twins to have played for the side.

Born in Haddington, East Lothian, Finlay's love of Rugby Union saw him develop into an international flanker, representing Scotland 34 times during his career, including the 1990 Five Nations when Scotland defeated England to win the Grand Slam

"There are some days when you feel you can run forever and other days when your legs feel as heavy as lead; that day we could run forever. We were all feeling good. Some days you look around the changing rooms and there are a few carried injuries but it wasn't on that day. Everyone was fresh.
For the winning try I remember Gavin Hastings kicking it back into play and it was then a straight foot race between Tony Stanger and Rory Underwood. Tony had the advantage in that Rory had to turn whilst he was at full tilt as Gavin kicked it."