Jim Calder (rugby union)

James Hamilton Calder (born 20 August 1957)[1] is a former Scotland international rugby union player.[2]

Jim Calder
Birth nameJames Hamilton Calder
Date of birth (1957-08-20) 20 August 1957 (age 64)
Place of birthHaddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Rugby union career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Stewart's Melville ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh District
Reds Trial
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1980 Scotland 'B' 2
1981-85 Scotland 27 (12)
1983 British & Irish Lions 1 (0)

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

He played club rugby for Stewart's Melville.

Provincial careerEdit

He played for Edinburgh District. He was part of the side that won the 1986–87 Scottish Inter-District Championship.

He played for the Reds Trial side in their match against Blues Trial on 3 January 1987.[3]

International careerEdit

He received 2 caps for Scotland 'B' in 1980.

His full international debut came in 1981 aged 21 against France. Scotland were on the receiving end of a 16–9 loss. He scored the winning try in Scotland's 21–12 victory over France at Murrayfield in 1984 which gave Scotland its first Grand Slam since 1925.[4]

In 1983 he toured New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions.


His twin brother, Finlay Calder, also played for Scotland and captained the 1989 British Lions tour to Australia. The brothers never played in the same Scotland side; Jim Calder won the last of his caps against Wales in March 1985 and Finlay made his debut against France in January 1986. Jim won a total of 27 caps, with his career record ending as: Won 12, Lost 13, Drew 2.

His two sons, Duncan and Lewis, have also represented Scotland at U21 level. Duncan, his elder son, retired from the game due to knee problems. He also has a daughter called Hannah.


  1. ^ Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 12:13. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  2. ^ "James Hamilton Calder". ESPN scrum.
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=GGgVawPscysC&dat=19870105&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  4. ^ "Rugby Union – ESPN Scrum – Statsguru – Player analysis – Jim Calder – Test matches". ESPN scrum.