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An Evening with Iain "The Bear" Milne
Wed 26 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Continuing our programme for 2016/17 season, we are delighted to be able to bring you the chance to hear from one of Scotland’s best known forwards of recent times, Iain “The Bear” Milne. The event is being generously hosted by Brewin Dolphin at their Edinburgh offices on Wednesday 26 April 2017.
In his playing days, Iain was one of the most formidable of front row forwards. Even the French, no shrinking violets in front row terms, respected his ability to anchor the scrum. Such front row “beauties” from the French archives as Paparemborde, Dubroca, Garuet, Vaquerin, Cholley, Dospital and Ondarts all faced Iain over his career and he made such an impression on them that, in a gala dinner in Paris in 2011, he was inducted into the French Hall of Fame. In the words of Richard Bath, commentator and columnist, “The Bear was the reason Scotland were able to play back row players in the second row because he was able to hold the scrum so stable”, and his long time hooker, Colin Deans, said of Iain “the right hand side of the scrum was going nowhere!”.
Iain was educated at George Heriots School and went on to play for Heriots Rugby Club and Harelquins. He made his Scotland debut in 1979 and went on to amass 44 caps in dark blue. Iain was part of the 1983 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, part of Scotland’s 1984 Grand Slam winning side, was in the Scotland, Ireland, England & Wales squad for the 1986 IRFB Centenary Match against France, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, and played in the 1987 World Cup. Iain appeared alongside his brother, Kenny, for Scotland but the full Milne front row, the Three Bears, including other brother, David, only appeared in Barbarian colours.
In 2012 Iain took up the role of Vice President at Heriots Rugby Club and remains a stalwart of the club scene and a readily recognised figure in Scottish rugby. He has recently taken up another challenge and is aiming to lose 100lbs in aid of 2 charities close to his heart, The Princes Trust Scotland and the Bill Mclaren Foundation, any contributions will be very welcome. Link for a fuller explanation of the background to his inspirational challenge and to contribute is www.justgiving.com/BearBagsRugby Even if you do not wish to contribute, the story is worth reading.