Death of ‘world renowned’ player

The late Hugh F. McLeod
The late Hugh F. McLeod

Townsfolk were saddened to hear of the death earlier this week of Hawick rugby legend Hugh F. Mcleod.

Mr Mcleod, who was 81 years old, died after a short illness. He gained the first of his 40 Scottish caps at the age of 21 and toured with the British Lions to South Africa in 1955 and Australia and New Zealand in 1959. He played for the Barbarians 14 times between 1954 and 1959.

He first played for the Greens as an 18 year old and was awarded the OBE for services to rugby in 1962.

He was president of HRFC between 1983 and 1985 and this week current president Rory Bannerman said: “The whole Hawick rugby community will greatly miss the inspirational figure of Hugh F Mcleod. Hugh was probably the town’s greatest ever rugby player and broke new ground with his professional attitude to the game. “The club will always be immensely proud to have had a world renowned figure such as Hugh as part of our family.

“Hugh achieved everything that there was to achieve in the game and yet had the time to always be on hand to pass on wise words of advice. He was, and will remain, a true legend of the game, and we will be planning a special tribute to him at the club to mark his unmatched legacy.”