William Pollock "Bill" McLarenCBE (16 October 1923 – 19 January 2010) was a Scottishrugby unioncommentator, teacher, journalist and one time rugby player. Until his retirement in 2002, he was known as 'the voice of rugby'.
As a young boy, he was steeped in local rugby stories:
"I was brought up on stories of the great Scottish players of the twenties, many of whom I never saw play but knew all about... I used to go with my father to see matches at a very early age, the great Hawick heroes including Willie Welsh, Jock Beattie and Jerry Foster, so I had an all-consuming desire to wear the green jersey of Hawick."