Mike Blair

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Mike Blair
Full name Michael Robert Leighton Blair
Date of birth (1981-04-20) 20 April 1981
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
School Edinburgh Academy
University Durham University
Edinburgh University
Notable relative(s) David Blair, Alex Blair
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Edinburgh Academicals
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Edinburgh Rugby
CA Brive
Newcastle Falcons
Glasgow Warriors
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

Scotland U19
Scotland U21
Scotland A
British and Irish Lions


Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
Coaching career
Years Club / team
Ponteland RFC (Asst.)
Glasgow Warriors (Asst.)

Michael Robert Leighton Blair (born 20 April 1981 in Edinburgh) was a Scottish international rugby union player and now coach. He played professional rugby union at scrum-half for Glasgow Warriors, Newcastle Falcons, CA Brive and Edinburgh Rugby. He represented the Scotland national side 85 times, as well as the touring with the British and Irish Lions in 2009. He retired from playing on 21 April 2016 aged 35, though remains as a coach at Glasgow Warriors.

Club career

Blair spent most of his club career at Edinburgh, and was named in the Pro12 Dream team at the end of the 2007/08 season.

Blair spent the 2012–13 season playing in France with Brive helping them to gain promotion back to the Top 14.

Blair then returned to the UK to play for the Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership. He joined Glasgow Warriors for the 2015/16 season.

In the 2014–15 season, along with Allister Hogg, Blair became assistant coach of Ponteland Rugby Club.

International career

Blair's international debut came on 15 June 2002 against Canada and scored his first try for his country in the same game.

Blair was a member of Scotland's 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cup squads.

He was injured playing for Edinburgh against the Llanelli Scarlets in January 2007 and required surgery on his shoulder which prevented him from playing in the entire 2007 Six Nations Championship.

Blair was made captain of his country for the first time against Ireland in the 2008 Six Nations Championship and for the next 12 consecutive games. At the 2008 Six Nations, he captained his squad to a 15–9 victory over England at Murrayfield to win the 2008 Calcutta Cup. He captained the national side 14 times in total.

Blair made his 50th appearance against Argentina in 2008 (2nd test).

Blair was Edinburgh Player of the year in 2006 and 2008, Scotland Pro Team Player of the Year in 2008, and Scotland Player of the Year in 2008. He was nominated for the IRB Player of the Year in 2008, and is the only Scot to have ever been nominated for this award. That year he was included, at number 12, in a list of the 50 best rugby players in the world by The Independent newspaper.[1]

Having been left out of the original Lions touring squad to South Africa in 2009, Blair was called up as a replacement for the injured Tomás O'Leary on 11 May, starting against The Presidents XV and the Southern Kings and coming off the bench against the Sharks.[2]

Mike was included in Scotland's 2011 Rugby World Cup Squad. He scored the first try in the team's first match against Romania on 10 September, a 34–24 victory to Scotland. He started against England later in the tournament winning his 75th cap. Blair earned his final cap before retirement against South Africa in November 2012.

He got 85 caps for his country. He is Scotland's most capped scrum-half of all time.

Personal life

He attended the Edinburgh Academy. He is married with two children.

He has three brothers, David played fly half for Sale Sharks and Edinburgh Rugby between 2007 and 2011, and is now playing for Watsonians rugby club, Peter, an accountant, and youngest brother Alex is taking a break from professional rugby, after requiring an operation on his back (he played for Edinburgh Rugby in 2010–11), to study sports science at Edinburgh College.


  1. "The 50 best rugby players in the world 2008". The Independent. 13 January 2009.
  2. "Blair replaces O'Leary for Lions". BBC Sport. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
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