FORMER Scotland rugby internationalist and British and Irish Lions player Scott Hastings visited Musselburgh to give a talk to the local Probus club.

He waived his fee, asking members to give a donation to the Doddie Weir Trust formed after fellow Scotland star Doddie Weir was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

The charity is raising funds to help sufferers as well as highlighting awareness of the condition.

Club members agreed to donate £50 to the trust.

Scott was introduced at the meeting in the Hollies Day Centre by president John Stewart.

Born on December 4, 1964, Scott won 65 caps playing at centre for Scotland between 1986 and 1997. He earned his first cap on January 17, 1986, against France along with his brother Gavin.

Scott was twice selected to tour with the Lions, to Australia in 1989 and New Zealand in 1993.

When he retired from international rugby, he was Scotland’s most capped player at that time.

Scott outlined his family and background, reminiscing about his playing career.

He showed members the first cap he received and the golden cap which marked his 50th game for Scotland.

They also got to see the treasured medal Scott won when playing with Watsonians at Melrose Sevens.
He was part of Scotland’s Grand Slam victory in 1990 and, as a traveller to many countries in the sport, he spoke warmly of South Africa and the late Nelson Mandela, its former president.  

Scott is now a freelance commentator. 

A vote of thanks was proposed by Alan Clubb.