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URS WAS a clas­sic love-hate re­la­tion­ship, writes for­mer Scot­land wingKen­nyLo­gan ofhis­na­tion­al­team­coachJim Telfer in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

I re­ally didn’t like him back then, and I don’t sup­pose he liked me, but I was al­ways des­per­ate to im­press him, and not just be­cause he was the Scot­land coach. By the end of my in­ter­na­tional ca­reer I was very fond of him and our re­la­tion­ship was ex­cel­lent.

I did all right on the (1996 Scot­land) tour and if you went to New Zealand and played well, Jim would have re­spect for you. Mind you, I could have done with show­ing him a bit more re­spect in Hamil­ton.

We were stay­ing in some con­dos. One time I no­ticed Jim watch­ing TV as I walked past his win­dow. So I went along to my room to get the re­mote con­trol, went back and started chang­ing the chan­nels on his set through the win­dow.

He just couldn’t work it out. He was up and down. He didn’t re­alise there was a re­mote.

Then I put it on standby, turned up the vol­ume, turned down the vol­ume. He was go­ing mad. He even phoned re­cep­tion to com­plain – it was price­less.

Scott Hast­ings then walked past and I showed him what

I was do­ing. He wanted to have a go, so I gave him the re­mote, knocked on Jim’s win­dow, then legged it round the cor­ner.

Scott was caught red-handed. “No, Jim, it wasn’t me, I swear!” was all I could hear as I left him to face the mu­sic.

From Kenny Lo­gan: Just for Kicks, pub.byHead­line(2009).


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