BORDERS rugby legend Jim Telfer is to be inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame 2021.

The former Hawick High School and Gala Academy headmaster won 25 caps for Scotland, 10 as captain.

And he made eight test appearances for the British and Irish Lions, on two tours, in 1966 and 1968.

A tenacious back-row forward for Melrose, Telfer has the distinction of being the only Scotland international to have played New Zealand, South Africa and Australia without losing.

Following his playing career, he became one of the most revered coaches in the game.

He coached the Lions on their 1983 tour to New Zealand, Scotland to the Five Nations Grand Slam in 1984 and, as assistant to Sir Ian McGeechan, to a second Grand Slam in 1990.

After a break from coaching, Telfer was invited by McGeechan to become forwards coach on the triumphant Lions tour of South Africa in 1997.

Through his technical know-how and stirring motivational speeches, Telfer galvanised a Lions pack written off by the press and they laid the platform for a 2-1 series victory.

Telfer, with the assistance of John Rutherford and Hugh Campbell, was successful again in 1999 as Scotland claimed the last-ever Five Nations title under their management.

The six stars were selected by the Hall of Fame committee. This comprises of John Eales, David Hands, Henri Garcia, Pablo Mamone, Rob Cole, Anna Richards and Wayne Smith.

Eales, the chair of the committee, said: “The 2021 inductees for the World Rugby Hall of Fame are representative of all that is good in our game. Each of them have been outstanding players in either sevens or 15s and they have also been important contributors to rugby, in their own countries and globally, off the field.”