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Very sad, his was the voice I grew up listening to as a child watching the 5 and 6 Nations. Maintained impartiality whilst displaying a genuine enthusiasm for the game. He also commentated on Jonah Lomu rugby.
My favourite expression was always "he's launched the Garry Owen" every time someone did an up and under.
Was my rugby coach at Primary school and at Hawick High School and I lived in the street just behind his house for many years. Nice bloke and rugby mad (obviously). I personally hated rugby with a passion as thats all we got at school in the Borders, football was a swear word. He would always stop and speak to you in the street if he 'kent yer face' and he always had a stash of Hawick Balls sweets on him. Was a funny time at our High School for those who are rugby mad as our headmaster at the time was Jim Telfer who went on to coach Scotland. McLaren was a Nice bloke and will be missed by millions. For once they won't be 'Dancing in the streets of Hawick tonight'