|Birth name||Rory Gordon MacGregor Lawson|
|Date of birth||12 March 1981|
|Place of birth||Dunfermline, Scotland|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb) |
|Notable relative(s)||Alan Lawson|
|Rugby union career|
He attended Dollar Academy where he captained the school's 1st XV. After a number of years playing amateur rugby for Heriots he then took a professional contract with Edinburgh Gunners in 2003 but in the summer of 2006 moved to the Guinness Premiership side Gloucester.
He gained his first international cap against Australia in the autumn of 2006, coming on as a substitute. He faced strong competition for the scrum-half position in the Scotland side from Mike Blair and Chris Cusiter, both of whom were British and Irish Lions. but still managed to captain Scotland. Lawson was a member of Scotland's 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. He joined Newcastle Falcons in 2012.
On 7 August 2013, Lawson announced his retirement from rugby on medical advice, due to a chronic wrist injury.
A grandson of commentator Bill McLaren and son of Scottish international scrum-half Alan Lawson, Lawson comes from a sporting family. His brother Gregor played for Scotland 7's and fullback for London Scottish FC, and after retiring founded Morphsuits, a fancy dress company. His cousin, Jim Thompson, is a fullback/centre with Edinburgh Rugby.