John Scott

John Peter Scott was a back row forward, he played most of his club rugby for Cardiff RFC joining the Blue & Blacks in 1978. Educated at Heles School ‘Scotty’ went on to play for Exeter before making his debut in September 1978 against the East District. During that season he was part of the Blue & Black team that narrowly lost to the All Blacks.

Scotty was made Cardiff RFC captain the following year and presided over one of the greatest cup periods in the Club’s history, winning the cup on five occasions in the 80s – 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1987. In all he made 268 appearances being on the winning side 200 times. His first try came in his third games at Bristol and in all he scored 36 tries, most of them from the back of a dominant scrum.

Scotty was a well-respected member of the Blue & Blacks team and a firm fan’s favourite, he eventually hung up his boots in April 1988 in a game against Rosslyn Park.

On the International scene Scott won 34 England caps between 1978 and 1984, he formed a strong partnership with No. 9 Steve Smith. He also roomed with Smith while on international duty. He played in all four games in England’s 1980 Grand Slam winning team. He also played for a World XV on 9 August 1980 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, losing 36–22

John Scott was in the same mould as England team-mate Roger Uttley in that he could play in either the second or back row. He played three times at lock forward whilst earning thirty-one caps in his favoured position of Number Eight. He was also one of a number of Englishmen of his era to play for a Welsh club along with the likes of Tony Swift and Maurice Colclough. Colclough and Swift both played for Swansea.

His international debut came in 1978 at the age of 23 in a defeat by France, though England did achieve respectability that year by winning two of their four matches. He played in all four of matches of the 1979 season, one as a replacement, and England ended with a record of one win, one draw and two losses. However, with the exception of the last quarter of an hour against Wales where they conceded four tries, England performed well, particularly up front.

J.P. Scott was inducted into the Cardiff RFC Hall of Fame in 2003

Playing Summary
Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS
1978/1979 28 21 0 7 4 0 0 0 16
1979/1980 38 27 0 11 4 0 0 0 16
1980/1981 26 22 1 3 4 0 0 0 16
1981/1982 20 15 0 5 2 0 0 0 8
1982/1983 26 16 1 9 6 0 0 0 24
1983/1984 31 25 1 5 3 0 0 0 12
1984/1985 31 25 1 5 5 0 0 0 20
1985/1986 30 26 1 3 5 0 0 0 20
1986/1987 21 14 1 6 2 0 0 0 8
1987/1988 17 9 1 7 1 0 0 0 4
Total 268 200 7 61 36 0 0 0 144

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TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3