Derek White (rugby union)

Derek Bolton White (born 30 January 1958) is a former Scottish international Rugby Union No.8. He was once described as "a big bulky back-row with pace and a mean streak"

Derek White
Date of birth (1958-01-30) 30 January 1958 (age 63)
Place of birthHaddington, Scotland
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Rugby union career
Position(s) No.8
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1982–1992 Scotland 42 (44)

Early lifeEdit

Derek White was born on 30 January 1958 in Haddington, Scotland. He was educated at Dunbar Grammar School, and began playing Rugby for Dunbar RFC, before moving to Haddington RFC, and then Galashiels RFC.[1]

Rugby careerEdit

During his playing career he was 6 ft 4 and 1/2 inches tall.[1] White had 42 caps for Scotland, from 1982 to 1992, scoring 11 tries, 44 points on aggregate. He played at the 1987 Rugby World Cup and at the 1991 Rugby World Cup as well as being part of the squad that won the Grand Slam in the 1990 Five Nations Championship.[2][3]

He was on the British and Irish Lions 1989 tour of Australia. White moved to Petersfield, Hampshire, where he played for London Scottish until the mid-1990s. He then played for Petersfield RFC, where he also had some involvement as a player/coach.


  1. ^ a b McMurtrie, Bill (1 March 1982). "Versatile White awarded Scottish cap as flanker". The Glasgow Herald. p. 16. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Scotland v England". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  3. ^ Palmer, Bryn (5 February 2020). "Scotland's 1990 grand slam remembered: 'Nobody was going to beat us that day'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 February 2020.

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