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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Wednesday, 7 November, 2001, 21:36 GMT
Irvine voted best ever
Andy Irvine during his Scotland hey-day
Andy Irvine was capped on 51 occasions for Scotland
Andy Irvine was voted the nation's greatest ever player at the Scottish Rugby Legends dinner held in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening.

Irvine, who enjoyed a ten-year international career, scoring 273 Test points, was presented with a replica of the Calcutta Cup by Princess Anne.

The flying winger was chosen by the readers of Scottish Rugby Magazine and The Herald newspaper after a short-list was selected by a panel of experts, including BBC commentator Bill McLaren.

McLaren was also rewarded for his services to the sport, receiving the Spirit of Scotland prize in recognition of his distinguished broadcasting career.

An audience of 1,200 watched as BBC presenters Dougie Donnelly and John Beattie hosted the ceremony at Holyrood House.

Scotland's director of rugby, Jim Telfer
Jim Telfer: lifetime achievement
A lifetime achievement award was given to Jim Telfer, while the coaching accolade went to current incumbent Ian McGeechan.

Now Scotland's director of rugby, Telfer was capped 25 times in the number eight shirt before going on to coach Scotland and the British and Irish Lions.

A Greatest ever Scottish XV was also chosen:

  • Gavin Hastings
  • Arthur Smith
  • Jim Renwick
  • G.P.S 'Phil' MacPherson
  • Andy Irvine
  • John Rutherford
  • Gary Armstrong
  • Ian McLauchlan
  • Colin Deans
  • Iain Milne
  • Gordon Brown
  • Alastair McHarg
  • John Jeffrey
  • Douglas Elliott
  • Peter 'PC' Brown

Other awards included:

  • Best Attacking Player - G.P.S MacPherson
  • Best Defensive Player - Scott Hastings
  • Best Kicker - Peter Dods
  • Best Captain - Peter Brown
  • Gordon Brown Bravery Award - Sandy Carmichael
  • Unsung Hero Award - Alex Hastie

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