Director of Rugby for 10 years, Jim Telfer is one of the most respected
coaches in the international game.
Retiring from the position after the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Telfer's huge
influence on the national side began in 1964 when he won his first cap
for his country. He was also coach of Scotland’s 1984 grand-slam
winning Five Nations side and a coach of the British Lions.
In his decade in charge of Scottish rugby, Telfer spearheaded a number
of innovations including the emergence of the country’s three professional
Telfer achieved cult status amongst the wider rugby public following the
'Living with Lions' video documentary that gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse
into the Lions series win over the Springboks in 1997.
Telfer's huge influence as coach and motivator was one of the crucial
elements in the triumph, his gruelling scrummaging sessions quickly passing
into rugby folklore for their duration and frightening intensity.
As a player Jim Telfer won 22 caps for Scotland between his debut against
France in 1964 and 1970, and would have won more but for injury. Telfer
captained Scotland in most of these games and, when he didn’t, he
would invariably lead the forwards. He was a natural leader, with an air
of innate authority which commanded respect.
Telfer went on two Lions tours, the first to New Zealand in 1966, then
to South Africa two years later. He also toured New Zealand with Scotland
in 1967. These first two tours gave Telfer a life-long admiration for
the All Blacks and a conviction that Scotland must develop this style