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For the Australian footballer, see Jock Turner (Australian footballer).
|Full name||John William Cleet Turner|
|Date of birth||September 28, 1943|
|Date of death||19 May 1992|
|Rugby union career|
|Position||fly-half, centre, fullback|
Richard Bath writes of him that:
- "Although he was at his height a decade before John Rutherford appeared on the scene, Gala's Jock Turner shared many similarities with the Selkirk legend, not least the Borders school of hard knocks in which they plied their trade on a domestic level. A regular with the great Gala sevens of the 1960s, Turner had a huge boot on him, but was equally at home running at opposition defences, as he did to such effect in Scotland's 14-3 loss to the touring All Blacks in 1967."
Allan Massie writes of him that:
- "His best season for Scotland may have been his last when he played fly-half partnered by bis clubmate Duncan Paterson, but his best position was probably centre...
- "Turner was always inclined to be underrated, and he was neither spectacular nor readily recognizable as his contemporaries Rea or Frame. But he was sounder than either, an utterly reliable handler and a magnificent tackler, and a much better kicker. His virtues were indeed only beginning to be recognized when he retired... one touchline try against England at Twickenham was scored in the narrowest imaginable space. He scored another try against England the next year with a clean breakthrough after a scissors with Ian Robertson."
- Bath, Richard, ed. (1997). Complete Book of Rugby. Seven Oaks Ltd. ISBN 1-86200-013-1.
- Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)
- Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 12:19. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
- Bath, p162
- Griffiths, page 2:38-2:41
- Massie, pp150-1
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