Peter DodsPeter Dods


Peter Dods, born on January 6, 1958, in Galashiels, Scotland, is renowned in the world of rugby union as a distinguished fullback. His rugby career, marked by both national and international achievements, has left a lasting imprint on the sport, particularly in Scotland.

Club and Amateur Career

  • Gala Rugby Football Club
    Throughout his amateur rugby career, Peter Dods was a steadfast player for Gala Rugby Club, where he honed his skills and demonstrated his prowess on the field.

Provincial and State Teams

  • South of Scotland
    Dods earned his place in the South of Scotland team, representing the region with distinction in various matches that showcased his abilities.
  • Reds Trial
    He also played for the Reds Trial side, notably in a match against the Blues Trial on January 3, 1987, which was a significant part of his early rugby experiences.

International Career

  • Scotland ‘B’ Team:
    Dods made his international breakthrough with Scotland ‘B’, debuting against Ireland ‘B’ on December 1, 1979. His performance in these early stages marked the beginning of a promising international career.
  • Scotland National Team:
    From 1983 to 1991, Dods was a key player for the Scotland national team, accumulating 23 caps and scoring 210 points. His international debut was against Ireland in the 1983 Five Nations tournament.

Career Highlights

  • 1983 Five Nations:
    Dods played a crucial role in Scotland’s avoidance of the wooden spoon by scoring 11 points in a 22–12 victory over England. This match was particularly memorable as it was Scotland’s last win at Twickenham for over three decades.
  • 1984 Five Nations and Grand Slam:
    The following year, Dods was instrumental in Scotland’s first Grand Slam since 1925. He was the top scorer for the team, contributing significantly to the championship decider against France.
  • 1986–1989:
    Although replaced by Gavin Hastings in 1986, Dods made a strong comeback during the 1989 Five Nations and was subsequently selected for the British & Irish Lions’ tour of Australia, where he played five matches and scored 66 points.
  • 1991 Rugby World Cup:
    Dods capped his international career during the 1991 Rugby World Cup, where he made his final appearance for Scotland in the third place play-off against New Zealand.

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