Brendan Laney

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Brendan Laney
Birth name Brendan James Laney
Date of birth (1973-11-16) 16 November 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Invercargill, New Zealand
School Timaru Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) flyhalf, centre, fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001-2005 Edinburgh 76 (409)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995-2001 Otago 82 ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997-2001 Highlanders ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001-2004 Scotland 20 (141)

Brendan James Laney, (born 16 November 1973 in Invercargill, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby union player who represented Scotland. Nicknamed "Chainsaw" for the way he cut through defences, he was also a good goal kicker. From Southland in New Zealand, he began his professional rugby career at full back for the Highlanders in the Super 12. He played for Yamaha Jubilo in Japan at the end of his career.


He was controversially rushed straight into the Scottish national team by the then national coach, Ian McGeechan just two days after he arrived from New Zealand. This annoyed many ex-Scottish internationals, particularly Gavin Hastings who voiced his feelings publicly, and this was hard for Laney who had hero-worshipped Hastings as a child.[1]

After the initial controversy died down, however, he became a popular figure with teammates and fans, through his personality and leadership. He also made his mark with Scotland, setting a new record of 24 points in a Six Nations game, and went on to equal Gavin Hastings’ record of scoring 100 points in just nine Test matches. Perhaps most significantly, he contributed 11 points in the 21-6 defeat of the Springboks at Murrayfield in 2002, Scotland’s first win over one of the tri-nations teams in 20 years. His Scotland career was not without disappointment. After heavy criticism, Laney was left out of the Six Nations fixture against Ireland due to the "psychological effect of an injury"[citation needed] and was not to be seen in a Scotland jersey again.

Edinburgh Rugby[edit]

Laney played at flyhalf, centre and fullback for Edinburgh from 2001 to 2005. He played 76 times and scored 409 points from 15 tries, 69 penalties, 53 conversions and seven drop-goals.


Laney left Edinburgh for Yamaha Jubilo in March 2005.

After rugby[edit]

Laney is now a rugby commentator for SKY Sport (New Zealand), in New Zealand.


  1. ^ Wildman, Rob (2001-11-22). "McGeechan under fire over Laney selection". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 

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