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July 25, 2010

Posted on 07/25/2010

Scotland's all-time greatest XV?

Few things are guaranteed to get a barstool ruckus up and running quicker than selecting your all-time greatest team, but that does not deter The Scotsman's Richard Bath.

"The Scottish Rugby Union's recent decision to launch a Hall of Fame has been framed in a less straightforward fashion than simply choosing the Greatest Scotland XV Of All Time, but we at Scotland on Sunday are simple souls, so we've distilled the debate down to selecting our favourite 15 players to have pulled on the thistle since 1871.

"A couple of years ago I wrote a small book called the Scotland Rugby Miscellany, which involved scouring history books and talking to anyone with a long-term perspective on Scottish rugby, the older the better.

"The sheer breadth of characters and achievements was absolutely remarkable, which is perhaps why there was virtually no unanimity. However, I eventually boiled the list down to 15 legends, with the proviso that current players are ineligible."


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