Rory Lawson

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Rory Lawson
Full name Rory Gordon MacGregor Lawson
Date of birth (1981-03-12) 12 March 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb) [1]
School Dollar Academy
Notable relative(s) Alan Lawson
Bill McLaren
Jim Thompson
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Heriot's FP
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Edinburgh Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
Newcastle Falcons
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

Rory Lawson (born 12 March 1981) is a former Scottish international rugby union player who played his career in Scotland and England as a scrum half.

He attended Dollar Academy where he captained the school's 1st XV. After a number of years playing amateur rugby for Heriots he then took a professional contract with Edinburgh Gunners in 2003 but in the summer of 2006 moved to the Guinness Premiership side Gloucester.

He gained his first international cap against Australia in the autumn of 2006 coming on as a substitute, he earned his first full cap against France in the 2007 Six Nations. He faced strong competition for the scrum-half position in the Scotland side from Mike Blair and Chris Cusiter, both of whom were British and Irish Lions.[2] but still managed to captain Scotland to some notable victories. Lawson was also a member of Scotland's 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. Lawson was confirmed as joining Newcastle Falcons on 18 May 2012.

On 7 August 2013, Lawson announced his retirement from rugby on medical advice, due to chronic wrist injury.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Grandson of commentator Bill McLaren and son of Scottish international scrum-half Alan Lawson, he comes from a sporting family. His brother Gregor played Scotland 7's and fullback for London Scottish FC and after retiring founded Morphsuits, a highly successful fancy dress company. His cousin, Jim Thompson, is a Fullback/Centre with Edinburgh Rugby.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Massie, Alan (10 August 2013). "Scotland scrum-half factory delivers". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rory Lawson: Scotland and Newcastle scrum-half retires". BBC Sport. 7 August 2013. 

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