Bill takes pride of place at Murrayfield

15/11/13'MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH'Linda Lawson unveils a bust in memory of her father the late, great "Voice of Rugby" Bill McLaren
15/11/13'MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH'Linda Lawson unveils a bust in memory of her father the late, great "Voice of Rugby" Bill McLaren
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Prior to last weekend’s international, a sculpture of the legendary voice of rugby Bill McLaren was unveiled at Murrayfield.

The bust was revealed – sporting Bill’s trademark Hawick tartan scarf – in the presence of members of Bill’s family, SRU president Donald Macleod, and current and past Scotland players.

The bronze figure now proudly takes its place in the main reception of Scottish Rugby.

Former Selkirk RFC president Macleod spoke highly of McLaren and his career.

He said: “Bill wasn’t just the voice of Scottish Rugby, he was the voice of rugby worldwide, a true legend and craftsman of modern broadcasting. This sculpture is a tribute to his work.”

The sculptor, Angela Hunter from Innerleithen, said: “Bill made rugby matches entertaining and provided knowledge to those who were sometimes slightly ignorant to the rules of the game, like myself at times.”

Bill’s daughter Linda Lawson was extremely humbled that her dad’s presence will forever grace the great stadium where he spent most of his working life. “Dad contributed so much to rugby worldwide and it’s a credit to his work that this marvellous sculpture has been carved in his name and legacy,” she said.