I was really sad to hear this morning of the death of Bill McLaren, the legendary rugby commentator. He was one of the voices of my childhood and I have vivid memories of watching the 5 (and later 6) Nations rugby with my family, probably one of the few things we were all genuinely interested in watching! In later years my brothers and I even had rugby game for the PS2 with some of his commentary, which confused my Granny so much she thought it was real life. Nobody came close to his unique style, and I doubt anybody ever will. Below are some classic McLaren moments, harvested from various news reports today.
“My goodness, that wee ball’s gone so high there’ll be snow on it when it comes down.”“A day out of Hawick is a day wasted.”“I’m no hod carrier but I would be laying bricks if he [Jonah Lomu] was running at me.”“He’s like a demented ferret up a wee drainpipe.”“Oh! Mercy me! What a tackle! That could’ve put him in Ward 4!” “I hope not Bill, that’s a maternity ward!”