20 Jan 2010

'Voice of rugby' McLaren dead at 86

7:00 am on 20 January 2010

The legendary rugby television commentator Bill McLaren has died at the age of 86.

The Scot, born in the border rugby town of Hawick, became known as the "voice of rugby" to generations of rugby fans worldwide during a career spanning nearly 50 years.

He retired in 2002, having first broadcast on BBC radio in 1953.

Renowned for his distinctive voice and impartiality, McLaren combined his work as a broadcaster with that of a physical education teacher in 1987 and introduced the likes of future Scotland international Tony Stanger to rugby.