David Revell Bedell-Sivright

Publié le par Scottish Club Rugby Magazine

JournalScottish Club Rugby Magazine published 23/11/2011

The University of Edinburgh has taken receipt of the bespoke, hand-crafted bronze designed to commemorate a former student entering Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame.

Bedell-Sivright DavidDavid Revell Bedell-Sivright made his Scotland debut against Wales in 1900 and went on to win 22 caps.

He was a pioneer of the wing forward role and remains the only Scot to play in three Triple Crown winning sides (1901, 1903 and 1907).  He was the only player to tour with the British Isles sides of both 1903 and 1904, captaining the latter tour at the age of 23. He was also chosen to captain Scotland.

Bedell-Sivright was a remarkable figure.  He was known as the hardest man to ever play for Scotland and legend has it after one international he rugby tackled a cart horse in Princes Street Edinburgh.

On retiring from international rugby he turned to boxing and became Scottish heavyweight amateur champion in 1909. He was, despite his formidable sporting prowess, a surgeon by profession, having studied medicine at Edinburgh.

He died on active service at Gallipoli during the First World War at the age of just 34.

Jock Millican, Board Member of Scottish Rugby, earned his three caps for Scotland while playing for University of Edinburgh Rugby Club - the last man to manage such a feat.

On presenting the award he said: “It’s a great privilege to have the connection with the University - as a past player, captain and president - and to be able to present this award to them.

“We’re unlikely to ever see a time again when one man can accomplish quite so much in such a short space of time.  It is fitting that David Bedell-Sivright is recognised not only by Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame but by Edinburgh University in front of this generation of student players.”

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