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|Date of birth||20 August 1957|
|Place of birth||Haddington, Scotland|
|School||Stewart's Melville College|
|Notable relative(s)||Jim Calder (brother)
Lewis Calder (nephew)
|Rugby union career|
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".
In 1989 Calder captained the Lions, the first Scottish player selected to do this since Mike Campbell-Lamerton in 1966 and the first captain to lead the side to victory since Willie John McBride in 1974. He was appointed OBE in the 1990 New Year Honours.
His twin brother Jim Calder also played for Scotland and the Lions. 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.
- Finlay Calder - on the Sporting Heroes database
- Fin Calder's Lions - including nine Scottish players (Gary Armstrong, Craig Chalmers, Peter Dods, John Jeffrey, Gavin Hastings, Scott Hastings, David Sole, Derek White and Finlay Calder himself)
- Fin Calder looks back on the 1989 Lions tour to Australia