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The early years
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Bill McLaren makes a report for the BBC
Bill has been working on BBC TV for over 40 years

When I was a boy, I would make up matches where Scotland would beat the World 86-5.

They once thrashed England by 70 points in one of my matches!

I would also impersonate the commentators of the day as the results came in.

Bill McLaren gets ready for broadcast
Bill during his early days

I got into it by mistake, to tell you honestly.

I was a PE teacher before I was called up to the Second World War during which time I contracted tuberculosis.

As I was waiting for another teaching job to come up, I started working for my local paper, the Hawik Express.

The owner of the paper, John Hood, and it was he who inspired me to get into commentary work.

It was he who recommended me to the BBC.

I missed three meals because I was so nervous in my first match as a commentator!

The early years
My preparations
The odd mistake

What is tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis, or TB as it is commonly known, is a disease that normally attacks the lungs
It can also attack other parts of the body, especially the throat
TB is a germ which is spread person to person in the air
The symptoms of tuberculosis include coughing up blood and high fever
If untreated, TB can kill

Bill's top commentating tip
Get up to date with all the rugby laws - you will need to know them inside out

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