Finlay Calder

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Finlay Calder
Date of birth (1957-08-20) 20 August 1957 (age 56)
Place of birth Haddington, Scotland
School Daniel Stewart's & Melville College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Stewart's Melville FP, Heriots FP
correct as of 5 March 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1986-1991
1989
Scotland
British Lions
34
3
(8)
(0)
correct as of 5 March 2007.

Finlay Calder (born 20 August 1957) is a Scottish former rugby union player.

Born in Haddington, East Lothian and educated at Stewart's Melville College, Calder played at open side flanker and won 34 caps representing Scotland from 1986-91. He captained the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 1989. His last international game was against New Zealand in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Richard Bath wrote that

"Calder's ability to use his drive, determination and innate knowledge of the game to overcome his undoubted shortcomings - in particular he was always a bit slow for an out-and-out open-side - helped him become one of the most effective back-row operators of the modern era. If he and the other two members of the Grand Slam back row John Jeffrey and Derek White could not impose their own game, they certainly would make sure that the opposition could not impose theirs".[1]

Family[edit]

His twin brother Jim Calder also played for Scotland and the Lions.[1] The brothers never played in the same Scotland side; Jim won the last of his caps against Wales in March 1985 and Finlay made his debut against France in January 1986.

He has two children.

References[edit]

  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  1. ^ a b Bath, p127-8

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