Andy Irvine (rugby union)
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|Birth name||Andrew Robertson Irvine|
|Date of birth||16 September 1951|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|School||George Heriot's School|
|Rugby union career|
Andrew Robertson Irvine MBE (born 16 September 1951) is a former President of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), and a former Scottish international rugby player. He earned fifty one Scotland caps, captaining the team on fifteen occasions, and scored 250 points for Scotland. He went on three British and Irish Lions tours.
As fullback for Scotland, he won 51 caps, between 1972–82 and scored ten tries. His first cap was against the All Blacks in December 1972. His last international appearance was against Australia on 10 July 1982.
He earned British and Irish Lions caps versus South Africa (1974), New Zealand (1977) and South Africa (1980). He scored 156 points in fifteen games on the 1974 Lion tour. He also played for the Barbarians during their 1976 Easter Tour. In the 1974 tour, he adopted many South African tactics and styles of play, although JPR Williams was preferred as full back for the tests, limiting Irvine to two test appearances on the wing.
Irvine vies with Gavin Hastings and Stuart Hogg for the title of Scotland's greatest ever fullback, with incisive running at a blistering pace from the back his trademark. A number of polls have voted Irvine Scotland's greatest player, and he is generally considered one of the best, if not the best, attacking full backs of his era. His presence in the line often distracted defenders even when he did not have possession.
Executive rugby positions
In May 2005, Irvine announced his intention to stand for president of the Scottish Rugby Union. He was elected. He announced his readiness to stand for a second term at the end of March 2006. and was unopposed. He stepped down from the role in June 2007, having served the maximum of two years in the post.
Irvine was the tour manager of the 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia. It was the first successful Lions' tour since 1997, with the Lions winning the series 2-1.
After graduation he followed a career in chartered surveying. In 2004, after 26 years at the property consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle, eight of them as managing director, he was appointed as chairman.
Awards and honours
He was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1979 Birthday Honours for services to Rugby Football in Scotland.
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