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Rugby legend dies aged 81

Scottish rugby legend Hugh McLeod has passed away aged 81.

Throughout his career he played for Scotland, the Barbarians, the British Lions, and his home club Hawick RFC.

McLeod scores a try for Hawick, 1963 Credit: PA

McLeod captained Scotland 40 times between 1954 and 1962. He retired aged 29 because, as he said, "forty is a nice round figure."

At Hawick RFC, he was nicknamed the 'Hawick hardman', reflecting his performance on the field. He later became president.

Current Hawick president, Rory Bannerman, said:

"He was... a legend throughout the rugby world. He will be a well missed figure cycling up and down the High Street in Hawick where you didn't want to get in his way just like on the field. Hugh was probably the greatest ever player to pull on the green jersey for Hawick."

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