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|Birth name||Brendan James Laney|
|Date of birth||16 November 1973|
|Place of birth||Invercargill, New Zealand|
|School||Timaru Boys' High School|
|Rugby union career|
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.
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" and was not to be seen in a Scotland jersey again.
Laney left Edinburgh for Yamaha Jubilo in March 2005.
Laney is now a rugby commentator for SKY Sport (New Zealand), in New Zealand.
- Wildman, Rob (2001-11-22). "McGeechan under fire over Laney selection". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-06-08.