Gavin Hastings
Full nameAndrew Gavin Hastings
Date of birth (1962-01-03) 3 January 1962 (age 61)
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb; 14 st 5 lb)
SchoolGeorge Watson's College
UniversityCambridge University
Paisley College of Technology
Notable relative(s)Adam Hastings (son)
Scott Hastings (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cambridge University ()
Watsonians ()
London Scottish ()
Edinburgh District ()
Scottish Exiles ()
Correct as of 19 November 2022
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1983–1985 Scotland 'B' 5
1986–1995 Scotland 61 (667)
1986, 1989, 1993 British Lions 6 (66)
Correct as of 19 November 2022
Gavin Hastings
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Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career WLAF statistics

Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE (born 3 January 1962) is a Scottish former rugby union player. A fullback, he is widely regarded to be one of the best ever Scottish rugby players and was one of the outstanding players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. He played for Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University, Scotland and the British Lions. He twice toured with the Lions, to Australia in 1989 and as captain on the 1993 tour to New Zealand.

Early life

Hastings was born in Edinburgh, and was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, Paisley College of Technology (now the University of the West of Scotland), and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read Land Economy and graduated with a BA in 1986.[1]

Rugby union career

Amateur career

Hastings captained the victorious 1985 Cambridge University side, and during his sabbatical year he won the Gallaher Shield with Auckland University Rugby Football Club. In Scotland, Hastings played for Watsonians.

Provincial and professional career

Hastings played for Edinburgh District in the era before professionalism, before switching to the club side London Scottish, and also then turned out for the Scottish Exiles.[2]

When rugby union turned professional in 1996, he was still playing for London Scottish.

International career

Hastings captained the first Scottish schoolboys' side to win on English soil.[citation needed]

He won 5 caps for Scotland 'B' between 1983 and 1985.[3]

Hastings made his debut for Scotland against France in 1986 and was a central figure in Scotland's 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam. In February 1995 he became the holder of a record number of Scottish caps when he made his 53rd full international appearance, passing Colin Deans and Jim Renwick.[4]

Hastings's final game was on 11 June 1995 against New Zealand in Pretoria at the quarter-finals of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.[5] By the end of that match he had scored 667 international points, a Scottish record that stood until surpassed by Chris Paterson in 2008.[6]

Hastings captained Scotland on 20 occasions including at the 1995 World Cup.

Hastings first played for the British Lions in 1986, against a Rest of the World XV, before playing in all three tests of the successful 1989 tour to Australia and against France in 1989. He was captain on the 1993 tour to New Zealand, where the Lions lost the test series 2–1.

Administrative career

On 30 August 2007 Hastings was announced as the chairman of the new Edinburgh professional rugby club.[7]

American Football career

In 1996, Hasting joined the Scottish Claymores, an American Football team in the NFL Europe. He played a single season as a placekicker, scoring 24 of 27 conversions, but missed his only attempt at a field goal. Despite the Claymores winning the World Bowl, Hastings was released at the end of the season.[8]


Hastings' younger brother Scott was also a Scotland international player.

His son, Adam plays for Gloucester Rugby and also has represented Scotland. His niece, Kerry-Anne, represents Scotland at hockey.[9]

Hastings' wife Diane, whom he married in 1993, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2003.[10]

Hastings's nickname is "Big Gav".[11]

Honours and awards

Hastings awarded an Honorary Blue from Heriot Watt University in 1995 for his contribution to sport at a national level.[12]

Hastings was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1993 for services to rugby union.[13]

Hastings was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003 and later into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013.[14]

Since its formation in 2001, Hastings has been the Patron of Sandpiper Trust, a Scottish charity which provides life-saving medical equipment to rural doctors, nurses and paramedics across Scotland.[15]

International tries


As of 22 March 2022.[16]
Try Opposing Team Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  Wales National Stadium, Cardiff 1986 Five Nations Championship 1 February 1986 Loss 22-15
2  Zimbabwe Athletic Park, Wellington 1987 Rugby World Cup 30 May 1987 Win 60-21
3  Romania Carisbrook, Dunedin 1987 Rugby World Cup 2 June 1987 Win 28-55
5  France Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 1988 Five Nations Championship 6 February 1988 Win 23-12
6  Australia Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 1988 Australia rugby union tour of England, Scotland and Italy 19 November 1988 Loss 13-32
7  Fiji Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 1989 Fiji rugby union tour of Europe 28 October 1989 Win 38-17
8  Argentina Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 1990 Argentina rugby union tour of British Isles 10 November 1990 Win 49-3
9  Ireland Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 1991 Five Nations Championship 16 March 1991 Win 28-25
10  Japan Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 1991 Rugby World Cup 5 October 1991 Win 47-9
11  France Parc de Princes, Paris 1995 Five Nations Championship 18 February 1995 Win 21-23
12  Romania Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Test Match 22 April 1995 Win 49-16
13  Ivory Coast Olympia Park, Rustenburg 1995 Rugby World Cup 26 May 1995 Win 0-89
17  Tonga Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 1995 Rugby World Cup 29 May 1995 Win 41-5

British & Irish Lions

Try Opposing Team Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  Australia Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 1989 British Lions tour to Australia 8 July 1989 Win 12-19


  1. ^ 'Cambridge Tripos', Times, 27 June 1986.
  2. ^ McMurtrie, Bill (4 December 1989). "Anglo-Scots united in drive for victory". The Glasgow Herald. p. 23. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  3. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ "Scotland". The Herald. Glasgow. 4 February 1995. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  5. ^ Glover, Tim (11 June 1995). "Hastings makes a proud exit". The Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Paterson Sets Sight On Hastings Record". Daily Record. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ Alasdair Reid (31 August 2007). "Gavin Hastings appointed chairman of Edinburgh".
  8. ^ "Hastings looks for a new kick". Independent. April 1996.
  9. ^ "Kerry-Anne Hastings follows in family footsteps with Scotland call-up". The Scotsman.
  10. ^ "Gavin Hastings on his wife's battle with Parkinson's". Scotsman. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  11. ^ Bath, Richard (1997). The Complete Book of Ruby. Seven Oaks Ltd. ISBN 1-86200-013-1.
  12. ^ "Watsonians president McNish dies of heart attack". 15 March 1995. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  13. ^ "The New Year Honours: Mabbutt receives MBE: Awards for footballers from different eras". The Independent. 30 December 1993. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Gavin Hastings recalls big moments on IRB Hall of Fame induction". BBC Sport. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Sandpiper Trust – Saving lives in rural Scotland". Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  16. ^ "Gavin Hastings". 22 March 2022.