Part 3 of 4
Bill McLaren was simply known as the ‘voice of rugby’. He believed in sportsmanship values and somehow painted pictures with words that were admired and loved by so many. So here’s part 3 of 4 of our collection of his great quotes. Part 1 includes quotes about Celebrations; Fisticuffs; Tough Guys; Big Boys and also a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, specifically for us. Part 2 continued with Big Boys and Running; Part 3 continues with Running (jinkers); Passing; Kicking and Lineout Jumping.
On Phil Bennett: “They say down at Stradey that if ever you catch him you get to make a wish.”
On Gerald Davies: “His sidestep was marvellous – like a shaft of lightning.”
On England’s twinkle toes Jason Robinson “Billy Whizz”
On Jonathan Davies & Robert Jones (describing the positioning between Robert Jones & Jonathan Davies v Scotland 1988): “You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’ “
“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”
“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”
“My goodness, that wee ball’s gone so high there’ll be snow on it when it comes down.”
“Oh, he’s given that an almighty thump”
On Gavin Hastings as he prepared to kick at goal “He hoists his breeks, does a little shammy shammy…”
On the goal kicking style of the Scottish captain Peter Brown: “it’s similar to a coo kicking over a milk pail.”
On missing a kick: “That one was a bit inebriated – just like one of my golf shots.”
After Scotland’s Renwick missed a kick and clearly mouthed “Effing Hell’ Bill chirped: “I think he’s muttering a few naughty Hawick words”. [Note "words" was pronounced "wurr-eds".]
“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)
On the difficulty of kicking in poor conditions “gaining purrrrchase on the slippery turrrrf’ Graham
On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout ” They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster ”
Bill Mclaren Quotes Part 1 includes quotes about Celebrations; Fisticuffs; Tough Guys; Big Guys and also a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, specifically for us.
Bill Mclaren Quotes Part 2 about Big Guys and Runners (15 x Quotes)
Bill Mclaren Quotes Part 4 Line-Out jumping (continued), Weather Conditions, Classic Mclaren, Looking Back (15 x Quotes)
Bill McLaren’s spirit lives on – here in this blog and in The Bill McLaren Foundation.
Please add (a) any quotes you recall and (b) what Bill’s commentaries meant to you. Thank you.