Damien Hopley

Damien Hopley

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  • Available For After Dinner Speaking At Sportsmans Dinners & Corporate Events

Scott Hastings was born on 4 Dec 1964 and is Scotland’s most capped center three quarter with 65 caps. He played in 51 Internationals with his brother Gavin and they are the only brothers to have played together in a British Lions Test match.

A former captain and full-back with Scottish Schools, out of George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, he was first capped for Scotland a month after his 21st birthday in January 1996 against France. Ever present in the Scotland team he captained the Barbarians against the 1993 All Blacks and has Captained Scotland at 7 a side rugby. He played in ten of Scotland’s fourteen World Cup games in 1987, 1991, 1995 and joined ITV’s commentary team for the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups.

In 1989 Scott played in 9 of the 11 games with the British Lions on their tour of Australia, including the final 2 test matches. He also toured with the Lions in 1993 on the tour to New Zealand but returned to the UK after 5 weeks having sustained a facial injury one week before the first test match.

Scott was a full time rugby player with the Scottish Rugby Union and Edinburgh Reivers for 2 years before retiring from professional rugby in January 1999. He retired from playing with Watsonians after 19 seasons and 227 games for the First XV in April 2002 but still retains a role on the commercial and sponsorship side. He still plays the odd game socially but in recent years has undertaken a number of 10KM fun runs, half marathons and has participated in the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing series (running, kayaking & mountain biking). A keen golfer with a bandit handicap of 18, Scott is married to Jenny and has 2 children, Corey and Kerry Anne

Scott joined Hastings International in January 1999 and they have recently been taken over by Platinum One a sponsorship and event management company. As an Account Director, Scott manages the sponsorship programmes for BT in their sponsorships of the SRU Premier & National League and Cup competitions. He also handled the marketing and promotional campaigns for the Ladies European Tour during the Solheim Cup and was part of the team that assisted in bringing the Ryder Cup to Scotland in 2014. For three years he was the main match commentator with Scottish Television’s rugby roundup and covered his first International match between Scotland and the Barbarians in May 2001 for Channel 5. Scott continues to be involved in the media and writes the occasional column for the Sunday Times and commentates for Setanta Sport on their coverage of the Celtic League and with Sky Sports in their coverage of the Heineken Cup.

Scott currently runs an event mangement business in Edinburgh and is available for after dinner speaking at Sportsmans Dinners and Corporate Events.