Scott Hastings (rugby union)

For other uses, see Scott Hastings (disambiguation).
Scott Hastings
Date of birth (1964-12-04) 4 December 1964
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
School George Watson's College
Notable relative(s) Gavin Hastings
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Outside centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1980-2000 Watsonians FC 226 (500)
correct as of 7 August 2006.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1989 & 1993
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 7 August 2006.

Scott Hastings (born 4 December 1964) is a Scottish Rugby Union player. He won 65 caps at centre for Scotland from 1986 to 1997. Scott is the younger brother of Scottish great Gavin Hastings. They both earned their first cap on 17 January 1986 against France. When he retired, he was Scotland's most-capped player ever. Twice a member of the British Lions in 1989 (Australia) and 1993 (New Zealand) where he suffered a shattered cheekbone and did not play against the All Blacks.


Although sometimes overshadowed by his brother Gavin, Scott Hastings is himself one of the greatest players in Scottish rugby history.[1]

"He first entered the Scottish squad set-up in 1986 as one of the most cocksure personalities they had ever met. And while that wild joie de vivre and natural ebullience has sometimes since overspilled off the pitch, they have been a positive boon. In his early days, Scott was most notable for his searing pace, straight-running and ability to break the gain line virtually every time he received the ball. It was not long, however, before his bullocking runs from the centre were complemented by the stonewall defensive qualities which were to remain the salient quality in his game as his pace faded later on."[1]

Bath also reminds us of Scott Hastings' proudest moment:

"If there is one moment for which he will long be remembered, it was during the 1990 Grand Slam decider, the proudest day in Scottish rugby history. English winger Rory Underwood had scythed through the Scottish defence when Hastings managed to drag him down short of the line when a try seemed inevitable."[1]

After retirement

Scott was invited to open Dunstane City Hotel, near Murrayfield, in 2008.

Scott has appeared as a guest presenter on STV's daily lifestyle show The Hour on a few occasions – his first show being in November 2009, alongside main anchor Michelle McManus. The Scottish magazine programme airs weekdays at 5pm.

He was a co-commentator for ITV's coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. On 10 July 2014, he made his début on the BBC's political discussion show Question Time.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 Bath, p139-140
  2. "BBC's Question Time panel in Inverness 'a UK first'". BBC News.
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