Jim Telfer
 

Scotland's 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 sides.

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 of play.