John Rutherford

John Rutherford Addresses
Memories Group

Tuesday 25 October 2022

There were 48 people in Linlithgow Rugby Club on Tuesday to listen to Scotland great John Rutherford address the Memories Group.

John was more or less an ever-present as Scotland stand-off from his first cap (against Wales) in 1979 to the 6th minute of Scotland’s first match in the first ever World Cup in 1987 (against France in Christchurch). A collision with Philippe Sella resulted in a serious knee injury effectively ending John’s career. His substitute, making his Scotland debut, was none other than Alan Tait, who would go on to major honours in both Rugby Union and Rugby League.

John brought along some of his collection of international jerseys, in addition to some special items:

JR was World Rugby player of the Year in 1986
He was first capped for Scotland in 1979 and won a total of 42 caps
He was selected to two Lions’ tours, starting in two Test Matches