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Ex-Scotland international Waddell dies
ESPN Staff
August 15, 2012
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Former Scotland and Lions stand-off Gordon Waddell has died aged 75.

The Times reports that Waddell passed away on Sunday. Waddell played 18 times for Scotland between 1957 and 1962 where he captained them five times in the process. He also toured New Zealand with the 1959 Lions.

ESPNscrum historian John Griffiths said of the ex-Lion: "He was Scotland's guiding genius when they beat Wales 8-3 at Cardiff in 1962 - their first win at the Arms Park since 1927.

"The same year he went on the Lions tour of SA playing in the two opening Tests before giving way to Richard Sharp. His father Herbert Waddell was a Lion in SA in 1924 and also played stand-off for Scotland.

"He settled in South Africa and became prominent in SA Politics as an MP for Helen Suzman's Progressive Party. I remember him as being on the big side for a stand-off but he was a good passer, had a siege-gun kick and a good tactical brain. He was never dropped by Scotland, only missing games through injury."

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