Ian Robertson is a former Scottish international rugby player who is nowadays well known as a Rugby Union match commentator for BBC Radio.
Winner of eight international caps for Scotland between 1968 and 1970, Ian also played rugby union for Cambridge University, Watsonians,London Scottish, Aberdeenshire, and the Barbarians. The highlight of his playing career was Scotland's 1970 Calcutta Cup victory over England. Unfortunately, at the age of just 25 he suffered a serious knee injury that ended his on-pitch sporting career.
Ian joined the BBC as a rugby commentator in 1972. During the following 25 years as the corporation's official Rugby Union Correspondent, he covered all the great rugby matches around the world. He has also appeared on a number of other BBC sports programmes over the years, including Rugby Special and Grandstand. In addition, Ian spent three years, from 1980 to 1983, as the Rugby Correspondent for The Sunday Times.
Ian is a prolific writer, authoring over 30 books, including the ghosted autobiographies of Bill Beaumont and Andy Irvine, two books with Gareth Edwards and a biography of Richard Burton. In order to persuade the late Elizabeth Taylor to write the foreword to his Burton biography, he was forced to spend a whole week with Miss Taylor in Hollywood. Tough work after all those rugby scrums!
In the summer, Ian lends his stentorian tones to equestrian events as a horse racing commentator for BBC Radio. Over the years, he says, he has had shares in a succession of very slow horses that lacked any modicum of ambition!
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- Rugby Speaker of the Year, BT Sports and Crimewatch Presenter.
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