David Sole

David Michael Barclay Sole OBE (born 8 May 1962) is a former Scottish rugby union player.

David Sole
Date of birth (1962-05-08) 8 May 1962 (age 58)
Place of birthAylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
SchoolGlenalmond College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop, loosehead
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh Academicals
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions
World XV
Teams coached
Years Team
Edinburgh Academicals
Correct as of 7 August 2006
For the singer and actor, please see David Soul.

He made his Scotland debut in 1986 against France and went on to win 44 caps at prop between 1986 and 1992, with a record 25 as captain.[1] He was also the first choice loosehead prop with the victorious British Lions in Australia in 1989.

In 1990, Sole was captain for a Grand Slam decider at Murrayfield against hot favourites England.[1] This is sometimes considered to be Scotland's greatest match, and one well remembered, as Richard Bath wrote:

"David Sole is another of those players who is remembered and virtually defined by one moment: in this case it was when he made the decision for his side to take the now famous walk onto the pitch for the Grand Slam decider against England at Murrayfield in 1990. As a statement of resolve, it was a masterstroke from which the English never recovered as they lost the most high-profile game in Five Nations Rugby history. It also cemented Sole's name in Scottish folklore...
"[David Sole was] one of the game's most softly-spoken and considered men off the field and one of the most inspirational and thoughtful captains and players on it."[1]

Scotland won 13-7, denying England the Grand Slam and claiming their third Grand Slam after their previous triumphs in 1925 and 1984.

He captained a World XV to a victory against the All Blacks in 1992. He made his final international appearance for Scotland in 1992 against Australia. That year he stood for election as Rector of the University of Dundee, but despite being the favourite candidate he was defeated by Stephen Fry.[2]

Since retiring Sole has worked as a co-commentator for BBC Scotland's coverage of rugby union matches.

He has also embarked on a successful career outside of sport, becoming Managing Partner of "School for CEO'" in 2017[3] as well as Non-executive director of AM Bid Services.[4]

He was educated at Blairmore prep school and Glenalmond College, a private school in Perthshire.

Three of Sole's four children have also represented their country in international sport. His sons Chris and Tom both play for the Scotland cricket team, while his daughter Gemma plays for the Scotland netball team. His other son Jamie is also a rugby player, and played professionally with Newcastle Falcons.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1),p160
  2. ^ "Rectorial elections". Archives, Records and Artefacts at the University of Dundee. University of Dundee. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  3. ^ https://www.schoolforceos.com/about-us/the-team/david-sole/
  4. ^ https://www.insider.co.uk/appointments/david-sole-am-bid-services-12266208
  5. ^ "Sole shakers: The family driving Scottish sport forward". International Cricket Council. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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