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Rory Lawson

Rory Lawson
Birth nameRory Gordon MacGregor Lawson
Date of birth (1981-03-12) 12 March 1981 (age 38)
Place of birthDunfermline, Scotland
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) [1]
SchoolDollar Academy
Notable relative(s)Alan Lawson
Bill McLaren
Jim Thompson
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Heriot's FP ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
Newcastle Falcons
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Scotland 31 (0)

Rory Lawson (born 12 March 1981) is a Scottish former rugby union player who played his career in Scotland and England as a scrum half. He won 31 caps for Scotland.

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.[2] 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.[3]

Personal life

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.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ Massie, Alan (10 August 2013). "Scotland scrum-half factory delivers". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Rory Lawson: Scotland and Newcastle scrum-half retires". BBC Sport. 7 August 2013.

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