Make mention of Scotland’s rugby record in the immediate post-war years and one name is guaranteed to come up – W I Douglas Elliot. An Edinburgh Academical, Elliot possessed innate rugby ability, great pace and – thanks to his life as a Borders farmer – an abundance of stamina. Those same farming ties meant that Elliot never toured with the Lions. Nonetheless he still managed to notch up 29 Scotland caps, seven as captain. Two of his most memorable displays included the sensational defeat of a much-fancied Wales side in 1951 and the tantalisingly narrow 3-0 loss to the All Blacks 1953-54 in which Elliot proved an inspiring captain.