Scottish legend inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

GPS Macpherson (centre, holding the ball) and the 1925 Scottish Grand Slam winning side. Picture: Scottish Rugby

GPS Macpherson (centre, holding the ball) and the 1925 Scottish Grand Slam winning side. Picture: Scottish Rugby

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The legendary captain of Scotland’s first-ever Grand Slam triumph is to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

George Philip Stewart Macpherson is one of 12 players chosen as the class of 2016, joining the likes of Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll and England pair Lawrence Dallaglio and Jonny Wilkinson, to be introduced at a ceremony on Thursday.

Macpherson was recognised as one of the most influential attacking centres of his era, playing a key role in the 1925 Grand Slam victory over England, a match which marked the opening of Murrayfield Stadium.

He was one of the most exciting talents of his time, wowing crowds with his ability to slip past and dodge opponents. He formed a lethal partnership with winger Ian Smith, the pair scoring 25 of the country’s 49 tries in 17 matches together over eight seasons.

Captaining his country 12 times, he picked up 26 caps between 1922 and 1932, while also touring with the Barbarians in 1929. He played for Oxford University as he studied classics at Oriel College, as well as Edinburgh Academicals, where he won the Melrose Cup twice and captained the capital side to the 1930 Scottish Championship.

He passed away in 1981 aged 77.

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby chairman, said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game.”

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