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I cannot believe it was so long ago! But right from a VERY young age at Benneydale and Berhampore in New Zealand I knew I wanted to write and talk about rugby - and I've been doing it all my life. (And many more to come I hope!)
Glasgow High School FP and Scotland
37 internationals for Scotland 1921–29
A robust lock, Bannerman is remembered as one of Scotland’s great early players. Bannerman played his internationals consecutively and was also a Scottish captain. His 37 caps stood as a Scottish record until Hugh McLeod beat it in 1962. Interestingly, he never played in an international involving Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Bannerman was a Gaelic speaker, and later a prominent Scottish RU administrator (president in 1954–55), though one of the conservatives partly responsible for Scotland’s bleak international record in the early 1950s. A Liberal politician, he became Lord Bannerman, a Life Peer, less than two years before his death.
Why was the kickoff for the Japan v Wales in Cardiff in 1983 delayed for 15 minutes?