Colin Deans

Colin Deans
Colin Deans
Full name Colin Deans
Date of birth 3 May 1955 (1955-05-03) (age 56)
Place of birth Hawick, Scotland
Nickname Hawick Hooker
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Hawick RFC
correct as of 15 November 2009.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1978-1984 Scotland 52
correct as of 15 November 2009.

Colin Thomas Deans born on 3 May 1955 in Hawick in the Scottish borders was a rugby union player with Hawick RFC and Scotland.[1] His nickname was the Hawick Hooker.[1]

He made his Scotland debut (at the age of 22) against France in 1978 when Scotland lost, 16 - 19.[1] He was active on the national team between 1978, and 1987, with his high point being in Scotland's 1984 Grand Slam.[1]

Richard Bath writes of him that he was

"The prototype for the faster hooker, acting as an extra flanker that has since emerged, Deans has few equals. Superb in the loose and a wonderfully quick striker of the ball in the scrum, the rugged Deans was also a pinpoint line-out thrower."[1]

Allan Massie describes him as a hooker with back-row skills:

"He is the most remarkable loose forward of any hooker I have seen. There can have been few, if any, faster; indeed, his speed is such that from the broken play and the line-out he gives Scotland in effect a fourth back-row forward. This means that, like Carmichael, he is ideal for the modern game, capable of fulfilling his specialist role, but also of taking a full part in fifteen-man Rugby. He harries the defence tirelessly: in the great win at Cardiff in 1982 Deans had a big part in the build-up for two of the Scottish tries; he was also at Calder's shoulder to take a pass, had that been necessary, when the first try was scored."[2]

He also says that Deans was, "with the possible exception of Peter Wheeler, the most accurate thrower-in of recent years."[3]

Deans was selected for the 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand, but surprisingly was kept on the bench for its entireity.[1] New Zealand thrashed the British Lions on this tour.

He obtained 52 caps for his country.[1] He is said to have been most effective when playing in combination with David Leslie.[3]

Noted for his skills at the line-out, of the game against Wales in 1984, the first Scottish Grand Slam since 1925, Allan Massie says "we would have probably lost that game if the Deans-Leslie combination had been less effective".[3]

With 52 caps he overtook Frank Laidlaw's previous record.[3]

Deans attended the primary school in Hawick where Bill McLaren taught.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bath, p133
  2. ^ Massie, p172-3
  3. ^ a b c d Massie, p173

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