Gavin Hastings arrived at Cambridge University (where he studied Land Economy) via George Watsons College in Edinburgh and Paisley College of Technology. He played in two Varsity Matches in the mid 80's Captaining the Light Blues just 5 weeks before winning his first Cap for Scotland in an 18 points to 17 victory over France, kicking 6 penalty goals in the process. 60 further Caps followed including 20 as Captain and he retired having played in the first three Rugby World Cups and touring with the British Lions to Australia in 1989 and as Captain to NZ in 1993. Among his highlights were being part of only the 3rd Scottish Team to win the Grand Slam in 1990 and scoring a last gasp try in Paris in 1995 after 26 years of waiting. A party was long overdue on that occasion!
Gavin Captained every team he ever played for including Watsonians, Cambridge University, London Scottish, Scotland, the Barbarians and the Lions and is widely recognised as one of the finest players of his generation having amassed 733 points in Test Match rugby over a 10 year period. He was awarded an OBE in 1994 for services to rugby and was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003.
As an amateur player Gavin Hastings qualified as a Chartered Surveyor working with CB Richard Ellis in London and Glasgow before following his passion and working in sports marketing and setting up his own business on his retirement from International Rugby. He sold the company some 10 years later and is now a Director of two separate businesses which he has started with former work colleagues. Hi Events specialises in Corporate Events and Hospitality and Positive Leadership is a consultancy whose mission is to help business leaders excel under pressure. Gavin also sits on the Board of Edinburgh Rugby.
A keen golfer playing to a 5 handicap, Gavin Hastings enjoys family life with his wife Diane and children Adam and Holly and being an unofficial Ambassador for his sport and his country.