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Rugby Commentating Legend Ian Robertson Visits Dauntsey’s

Published Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 01:19:50 PM

Dauntsey’s has recently welcomed the legendary rugby commentator, Ian Robertson, as part of the School’s Mercers’ Lecture series. Ian presented his lecture to an audience of 800 pupils, staff and members of the local community, talking about his life in rugby. Prior to his commentating career, Ian was an English teacher and played rugby for Scotland, the Barbarians and London Scottish. He shared stories of teaching Tony Blair and beating England in the Calcutta Cup in 1970. The audience was entertained by anecdotes, both on and off the pitch, about Ian’s experiences around the world, his 1974 British Lions’ trip to South Africa, and his close relationships with other rugby legends such as Eddie Jones. Ian also treated the audience to a nostalgic moment, for English fans at least, by recreating the famous 2003 World Cup Final commentary. Before the lecture, Ian spoke to a small group of Sixth Formers about how he prepares for commentary, the skills needed for the job, as well as how rugby has been transformed as a professional game. Tom, an Upper Sixth student from Dauntsey’s, who attended the lecture said: “The talk was thrilling as Ian delivered his experiences superbly, hearing about his time over dinner with Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar was inspiring, reflecting the rugby community at its best. “We thank Ian for giving such a generous and entertaining lecture which we all thoroughly enjoyed.”
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