Ian McLauchlan

Not to be confused with Iain Laughland.
Ian McLauchlan
Full name John McLauchlan
Date of birth (1942-04-14) 14 April 1942
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9¼ in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)[1]
University Jordanhill College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Jordanhill College RFC
West of Scotland RFC
correct as of 15 November 2009.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions
correct as of 15 November 2009.

John "Ian" McLauchlan (born 14 April 1942)[2] is a former Scottish rugby union player.[3] Nicknamed Mighty Mouse, he represented Scotland at loosehead prop from 1969 to 1979.[3][4]

His scrummaging and loose play were both of a high standard. Gordon Brown rated him the best prop he had played alongside.[4] He was capped 43 times for Scotland, and was captain of the national side nineteen times (ten times of which Scotland won).[3]

He had to wait until second half of his twenties for a cap, and played for another ten years, before being dropped in 1979.[5]

His nickname "Mighty Mouse" was from the fact that he was relatively small for a prop, but powerful for his size, like the cartoon character of the same name:

"Like McLeod, Ian McLauchlan was short and about as broad as a church door... There was always something a bit odd about his figure even before he acquired a certain rotundity that made him more like a French than a British prop. But nobody found him easy to prop against: he burrowed under the opposition."[4]

Richard Bath writes:

"Certainly, McLauchlan was not the conventional size and shape for a loose-head prop in the 1970s, but in many ways it was precisely the combination of an amazing power to weight ratio plus his ability to get under the opposing tight-head that made him such an effective performer in the tight... As a larger than life character, he played best in the most intimidating circumstances... making him one of Scotland's most successful captains. After his retirement the Scottish Rugby Union showed their gratitude by banning him for publishing his autobiography".[3]

On the Lions tour to New Zealand in 1971 he replaced another Scottish loosehead prop Sandy Carmichael who was unlucky to be punched and suffer damage to the cheekbone in Canterbury.

He played in eight tests for the British Lions on the 1971 tour to New Zealand and the 1974 tour to South Africa, only once finishing on the losing side.

He became a Scotland captain, and even led them in the Calcutta Cup match of 1973, despite breaking a bone in his leg two weeks before against Ireland, according to Massie "it says much for the persuasive power of his character that he convinced the selectors he was able to play."[5]


  1. http://www.lionsrugby.com/history/legends/noel_muprhy.php
  2. Ian McLauchlan player profile ESPN Scrum.com
  3. 1 2 3 4 Bath, p147
  4. 1 2 3 Massie, p168
  5. 1 2 Massie, p169

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