Rugby legend Chris Paterson visits Lathallan

Chris Paterson MBE with some of the school's rugby players.
Chris Paterson MBE with some of the school's rugby players.

Rugby International Chris Paterson MBE visited Lathallan School before his attendance at the Rugby World Cup Dinner on Saturday September 12.

He offered coaching skills to a selected number of Lathallan’s keen rugby boys offering his advice and encouragement to the players.

Chris Paterson MBE was capped 109 times for Scotland, he is an ambassador and specialist coach for the Scotland and Edinburgh rugby teams, the latter which he played most of his career. He holds Scotland’s record of 109 caps, and a record 809 points, whilst capable of playing in a range of positions, including full back, wing and fly half.

The Rugby World Cup dinner was held at the Hilton Treetops and also welcomed Rob Wainwright and Ian McLauchlan.

Rob Wainwright an ex Lathallan pupil from 1973 to 1978 was the 1st Professional Captain for Scotland. Rob was capped 37 times for Scotland (Captain 16 times), and once for the British and Irish Lions. An outstanding back row player, often commented by rugby pundits as a flanker who did so much of the unseen work.

Ian McLauchlan “Mighty Mouse” capped 43 times for Scotland, and 8 times for the British Lions, also the Ex- President of the SRU., Nicknamed Mighty Mouse, he represented Scotland at loosehead prop from 1969 to 1979. Ian also toured with The British & Irish Lions in 1971 and 1974. He was captain of the national side nineteen times (ten times of which Scotland won). His nickname “Mighty Mouse” was from the fact that he was relatively small for a prop, but powerful for his size, like the cartoon character of his name.

Marion Dreelan on behalf of the Parents Association was hosting this fundraiser Dinner in the hope of raising funds in aid of sports and science facilities within the school, along with supporting the Hearts & Balls Charitable Trust which helps injured rugby players in the aftermath of serious injury on the field. Lathallan School is very grateful to Marion’s hard work.