‘Voice of Rugby’ Bill McLaren dies

January 20th, 2010 - 3:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 20 (ANI): Commentator Bill McLaren, known popularly as the “voice of rugby”, has died at the age of 86.

McLaren spent almost 50 years as a national broadcaster, beginning his career on BBC radio in 1953.

Tributes were flowing in from all over Scotland yesterday to McLaren.

Everybody had their individual memories of the man, two themes ran through them all: The ultimate professionalism of his commentaries in a career that spanned almost 50 years, and ability to inspire all those he came in touch with.

Players and coaches alike reminisced on Tuesday about how they would come across McLaren at training sessions in the week leading up to matches, making sure that he could recognise the players and using the time to gather the little anecdotes that would liven up his commentary.

Known as the “voice of rugby”, he was honoured with an OBE, a CBE and an MBE for his services to the sport.

Until 1987, McLaren combined his broadcasting career with his role as a PE teacher, coaching several players who went on to play for Scotland.

McLaren died in hospital in his hometown of Hawick in the Scottish borders. (ANI)

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