Bruce Hay

Bruce Hamilton Hay (May 23 1950 – October 1 2007) was a Scottish international rugby union player.


Hay was born in Edinburgh and educated at Liberton High School. From there he went on to work as an engineer for the National Coal Board. Latterly he worked as a sales representative.


Had a daughter Lyndsey in 1992 with wife Lynda.

Rugby career

Hay was a fullback and gained 23 international caps for Scotland [cite web
title = Bruce Hay - Scotland Rugby Player
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] and also represented the British Lions and the Barbarians. He started his rugby career at junior club Liberton RFC, a team he captained at the age of 18 [cite web
title = He was all heart and deserving of all the accolades that came his way
publisher = The Scotsman
date = 2007-10-02
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] , and while there represented Edinburgh, this was an astonishing feat for a junior club player and his tough tackling reputation was sealed. [cite web
title = Obituaries - Bruce Hay
publisher = The Scotsman
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] He then moved to Boroughmuir in 1972 where he went on to gain international recognition.


Position: full-back
Clubs: Liberton, Boroughmuir (from 1972). 279 appearances for Boroughmuir.
International debut: 14 June, 1975 v New Zealand in Auckland. Lost 24-0
Final appearance: 20 June, 1981 v New Zealand in Auckland. Lost 40-15
Scotland caps: 23. Tries: 3
Lions Tests: 3 (on 1980 South Africa tour). Tries: 1 (v South Africa)
Coaching: Boroughmuir, Edinburgh, Scotland B, Scotland Under-19s. [cite web
title = Tributes pour in for Bruce Hay - a great rugby ambassador
publisher = The Scotsman
date = 2007-10-02
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He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2005 and died on October 1 2007, aged 57. [cite news
title = Rugby pays tribute to Bruce Hay
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2007-10-01
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A Celebration of Life was held at Liberton Cathedral on the 11th October

External links

* [ Obituary in "The Times", 13 October 2007]

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