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THE voice of Rugby has died

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Bill McLaren


BBC News - Bill McLaren, the 'voice of rugby', dies aged 86


For me he was Rugby. Sad loss.


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Very very sad, I grew up listening to him. God bless Him.

I 'look forward' to the tributes in the forthcoming Six-Nations.

ste v p

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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.

A loss to the game
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It was a golden era for commentators.
McLaren=Rugby Union
Waring= Rugby League
Coleman= Athletics
Walker=Motor Racing

There must have been a voice of cricket too, but I never watched as a kid nor as an adult.

Any other sporting commentating legends from the same era?

Phil Hinton

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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'
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I say Phil, you weren't on the BBC archive footage at lunch time when John Inverdale did his tribute? THere appeared to be some yongsters at Hawick school!

I don't know if you saw it but the previous interview with Bill was shown, it was one of the best interviews I've seen. Very poignant and showed Bill over the years. Well done the Beeb!

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