Ian Robertson (rugby commentator)
|Birth name||Ian Robertson|
|Date of birth||17 January 1945|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Rugby union career|
Robertson was educated at George Watson's College in Edinburgh, Aberdeen University and Christ's College, Cambridge. He worked for four years as an English teacher at Fettes College, where his most famous pupil was Tony Blair.
Robertson played rugby union for Cambridge University, Watsonians, London Scottish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (1968–70) and the Barbarians. The most memorable moment of his playing career was Scotland's 1970 Calcutta Cup victory over England. At 25 he suffered a serious knee injury that ended his sporting career.
Robertson joined the BBC in 1972. and since April 1983 he has been the Corporation's official rugby union correspondent, covering the sport not only on radio but also on television. He regards Scotland's 1984 and 1990 Grand Slams and Jonny Wilkinson's winning drop-kick in the final of the 2003 World Cup as his "best on-air moments". Robertson was also a presenter of the English Premiership video review of 1998-99. In February 2018 he announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year and covered his last game, England v Australia, on 24 November 2018.
Robertson is a prolific writer; he has written over 30 books and a number of biographies, including those of Bill Beaumont, Andy Irvine, and actor Richard Burton. His memoir Rugby: Talking a Good Game was published in November 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton.
- Ian Robertson rugby profile ESPN Scrum.com
- Ian Robertson biography BBC Press Office
- BBC's Ian Robertson will not be silenced The Telegraph, 6 September 2007
- Six Nations Preview: 5 live Sport BBC Radio 5 Live, 1 February 2012
- Lunchtime stories with BBC commentator Ian Robertson The Roar, 16 June 2010
- Alumni - Ian Robertson Christ's College, University of Cambridge
- Ian Robertson's final Six Nations commentary, BBC Five Live, 17 March 2018
- Ian Robertson - BBC Rugby Correspondent Gordon Poole Agency