Full name David Michael Barclay Sole
Born May 8, 1962, Aylesbury
Current age 54 years 173 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, World XV, Scotland, Scotland XV
|British and Irish Lions||1989-1989||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||66.66|
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1987-1991||9||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||3||1||61.11|
|Test debut||Scotland v France at Murrayfield, Jan 18, 1986 match details|
|Last Test||Australia v Scotland at Brisbane, Jun 21, 1992 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
David Sole will be remembered for his captaincy of the Scotland side which prevented England from winning the Five Nations Grand Slam in 1990. The prop possessed excellent handling ability and was ferocious in the loose.
Sole made his debut for Scotland in 1986 against France and went on to accrue 44 caps for the national side including 25 appearances as captain. His impressive form was rewarded with a call-up to the British & Irish Lions side which toured Australia in 1989. Starting all three Test on the tour - with the Lions taking the series 2-1 - Sole formed a formidable partnership with Brian Moore and Dai Young. He had the honour of captaining the side on two occasions on the tour acting as Finlay Calder's deputy.
However - in 1990 - the grudge match between England and Scotland went down in Scottish folklore. Sole led his side to a hard-fought 13-7 win and denied England their hopes of a Grand Slam in the process.
Sole went on to lead the Barbarians on several occasions and in 1992 captained a World Invitation XV to victory over the All Blacks.
He registered his final Test for Scotland two years later against Australia.