The late great, Bill McLaren was simply the world’s best rugby commentator ever. He was known as ‘The Voice Of Rugby’. You’ll see why. Bill believed passionately in sportsmanship. So in celebration of the 6 Nations Rugby Championship which starts this weekend we’ll publish 6o of the best quotes from the master himself, plus a piece by, Bill’s daughter, Linda, who wrote something special for us (see end).
Bill believed in sportsmanship – shaking hands, thanking the ref, respect, fun and, of course, competition. He loved the characters in the game. His unique descriptions and authoritive voice added so much excitement, intrigue and enthral. So here’s part 1 of 4: the first 15 from 60.
“They will be dancing in the street’s tonight.” When a good try was scored
“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”
“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”
“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”
“You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”
“Wade Dooley the big Blackpool policeman standing like a lighthouse at the back of the lineout”
“I look at Colin Meads and see a great big sheep farmer who carried the ball in his hands as though it was an orange pip.”
As Scott and Craig waited to join the fray on the touchline: “There’s the Quinnell brothers, two well nourished individuals”
Referring to one of the French front row as “having a face like a carpenters bag o’chisels”
“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”
On Andre Venter “He’s no oil painting, but look at him working the blind side like a pop-up toaster!”
On Os du Randt “There he goes – South Africa’s rhino!”
On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”
“John Jeffrey – the big Kelso farmer – gathers the ball…”
On Scott Gibbs “When he hits you, you think the roof has just fallen in.”
Bill’s Daughter, Linda Wrote These Words For Us
In the 2 years since Dad died we have become aware of how highly he was respected and loved, not only in rugby circles but also in the wider world community. Two of the main reasons for that were the warm human touch he had with people from all backgrounds as well as the values he held dear throughout his life and career.
He was well known for his honesty, fairness, integrity, self-discipline, loyalty, humour and kindness and these, among many other fine characteristics, are the qualities we aim to promote, especially in youngsters, through the Foundation which has been created in his name. We plan to achieve this by encouraging children to become involved in the game of rugby and in doing so to develop the many vital skills which are so important in everyday life.
I hope Dad would be proud to know that he is still remembered so fondly and that his legacy will continue to make a difference in the future.
60 Of The Best – Great Quotes from the late great Bill McLaren
Running x 11; Passing x 1; Kicking x 10; Jumping x 4; Celebrations x 1; Fisticuffs x 3 Tough Guys x 5; Big Boys x14; Weather x 2; Absolute Classic McLaren x 5; Looking Back x 2; Encouraging students x 1; Sportsmanship x 1
Bill Mclaren Quotes Part 2 about Big Guys and Runners (15 x Quotes)
Bill Mclaren Quotes Part 3 about Runners (& jinkers); Passing; Kicking and Lineout Jumping (15 x Quotes)
Bill Mclaren Quotes Part 4 Line-Out jumping (continued), Weather Conditions, Classic Mclaren, Looking Back (15 x Quotes)