RBN Scotland held a very successful Lions Breakfast on June 27 courtesy of our generous hosts, The Succession Group and BMO Global Asset Management, at BMO’s offices on George Street, Central Edinburgh.
Our guest speaker, Scott Hastings, the former Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby great was the star of the show with his valuable insights and thoughts on the Lions and rugby in general.
Speaking about the first Test match, Scott explained how the Lions had created chances, but failed to convert them into points and that New Zealand had negated the Lions rush defence by attacking the inside shoulder of the defenders rather than spread the ball wide.
On individual player performances, Scott thought that Itoje had put up a good case for inclusion and that Rees Webb had speeded things up when he was introduced.
Touching on some more general points, Scott thought that, although the balance of the Lions squad could be questioned, in terms of Scottish involvement, the tour had perhaps come one year too early for several players as a second good season was probably required to show that the excellent performances of the last 6 Nations were not one-offs.
Scott also spoke about how the name “All Blacks” has come to hold a special aura over other teams and so he preferred to talk about the World Champions. Scott went on to discuss the sporting/corporate business that he runs with his brother (Ex Scotland and British and Irish Lion, Gavin Hastings), HI Events, and his commentating for Sky and the column he writes for the Times.
The event was over-subscribed and the guests thoroughly enjoyed Scott’s vision on the Lions and rugby.
Guests tucked into plentiful tea, coffee and bacon rolls and chat flowed freely amongst themselves, with Scott and the hosts.
Drew Nutsford, from joint hosts The Succession group, is a kiwi from the Wellington area and relished being able to mix business and pleasure, whilst supporting his team.
Drew thought that the event “worked well on every level. Folks enjoyed the game, the chat and the networking. Couldn’t ask for much more really.”
This was backed up by Graham Finlay, from joint hosts BMO Global Asset Management, who said that he “enjoyed the insights from Scott Hastings and the opportunity to network with old friends and new acquaintances in an informal setting.”