James Finlay

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Scotland's First National Rugby Team, 1871, for the 1st international, v England in Edinburgh, Scotland won by 1 goal & 1 try to 1 try

James F. Finlay was a Scottish rugby union player.[1]

He was capped four times for Scotland between 1871–75,[1] including the first ever international.[2] He also played for Edinburgh Academicals.[1]

He was the brother of Arthur Finlay and Ninian Finlay who were also capped for Scotland.[1] They all appeared together once in 1875, in the 0-0 draw against England at Raeburn Place: James winning the last of his four caps, while Arthur and Ninian gained their first caps.[3]


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  1. ^ a b c d Bath, p136
  2. ^ Bath, p4
  3. ^ Bath, p52