Neil McPherson (rugby union)

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Neil McPherson
Full name Neil Clarke McPherson[1]
Date of birth (1892-09-26)26 September 1892
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Date of death 12 November 1957(1957-11-12) (aged 65)
Place of death Newport, Wales
School Durham Road School, Newport
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop, Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Newport RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Isles

Neil McPherson OBE, (26 September 1892 – 12 November 1957) was a Welsh rugby union player who represented Scotland and the British Lions. McPherson played club rugby for Newport and captained the team in the 1921/22 season.

McPherson gained his first cap for Scotland in 1920 against Wales at Inverleith alongside fellow team-mate Dr E Fahmy, who also played his club rugby in Wales. Scotland won 9-5, and prevented Wales from winning the Grand Slam. After accepting a gold watch as part of Newport's invincible 1922/23 season, the Scottish Rugby Union suspended McPherson for what they saw as an act of professionalism; but he was later re-instated. McPherson's last game for Scotland was against Ireland, but was chosen to join the British Lions 1924 tour of South Africa, when he played in all four tests against the Springboks.

International matches played

British Lions