Jock Steven, a former SRU president and a long-time leading player and administrator in Midland rugby, has died at the age of 84 after a long battle with illness.
Mr Steven was SRU president in 1993-94. St Andrews-born, his family farmed at Dunino on the East Neuk of Fife.
Educated at Madras College, Jock learned his rugby there and thereafter started a life-long attachment to the FP club, captaining them in 1958 and 1961. In 1957 Jock and his three brothers, Bill, Alan and Robert, all played for the Madras first XV.
A flanker, Jock played for North and Midlands district against the touring All Blacks in 1964 and for the Barbarians. He never gained Scotland honours, although he was travelling reserve for one Five Nations game.
After playing Jock was a coach at Madras and with North and Midlands and served as Madras club president from 1970 to 1975.
He joined the SRU’s general committee as the Midlands District representative in 1976, serving all the way through until his presidency of the Union. He also acted as manager for Scotland Under-18s and on developmental tours.
Jock had suffered from dementia for several years.
His wife Val died last year.
Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of Past President Jock Steven, who died overnight. He was 84.https://t.co/cBaGjr0w1R
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) April 6, 2020