Iain Paxton

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Iain Angus McLeod Paxton (born 29 December 1957) is a Scottish rugby union player who won 36 caps at number eight and lock between 1981 and 1988, scoring a total of five tries. He made his debut against New Zealand All Blacks on the 1981 tour and later that year he helped Scotland to a memorable 24-15 win over Australia at Murrayfield. He was also a key figure in Scotland’s 1984 Grand Slam winning side, playing in all matches, relegating Jock Beattie to the bench.

Richard Bath writes of him that:
"Against Wales in particular, Paxton was in superb form, scoring one of the greatest tries ever scored at Cardiff Arms Park as Scotland beat Wales at home for the first time since 1962."

He began his coaching career at Glenrothes rugby team but for the past six years Paxton has coached Boroughmuir, during which time the Meggetland outfit have lifted the SRU Cup twice (2000 and 2001) and taken the league title once (2002-03 season). Paxton joined the under-21 coaching team last season, assisting former head coach Jonno Phillips.


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1 86200 013 3)
Iain is currently Development Officer at Selkirk Rugby Club.

External links

  • - The Scotsman, March 6, 2005

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