John Beattie (rugby union)

For his son, see Johnnie Beattie.
John Beattie
Personal information
Full name John Ross Beattie
Date of birth (1957-11-27) 27 November 1957
Place of birth North Borneo
Relatives Johnnie Beattie
Jennifer Beattie
Representative teams

John Ross Beattie (born 27 November 1957) is a Scottish former international rugby union player.[1]

Playing career

North Borneo-born Beattie earned a total of 25 caps playing for Scotland as No. 8, and toured twice with the British Lions.


John has coached Biggar along with Gary Parker, and West of Scotland from Premier 3 to 1 in Scotland, and for a brief period Glasgow Academicals.

Broadcasting career

John hosts the lunch time news on BBC Radio Scotland Monday to Thursday from 12 to 1.15, and is the co-host of the sports magazine programme Sport Nation on both radio and TV. He also writes a rugby blog on the BBC's rugby union website in which he comments on regional, national and international rugby and is match day commentator or presenter on international rugby games for either TV or Radio.

This is a link to his page on BBC Radio Scotland

This is a link to his BBC Sport Nation page for TV and Radio

He tweets @johnrossbeattie

Personal life

Beattie's son, Johnnie, is also a Scottish international rugby union player, winning his first cap in a victory against Romania. His daughter, Jenny, plays football for both the Scottish and Manchester City Women's.

In 2004, Beattie was a candidate for Rector of the University of Glasgow, and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from that institution. After retiring from rugby when injured at Twickenham in 1987 he retrained as a Chartered Accountant and left that profession in 1995 to concentrate on broadcasting.

Articles by John Beattie BBC blog, and this takes you to his other blogs.


  1. "John Beattie - Rugby Union - Players and Officials - ESPN Scrum". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

External links

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