He captained every team he ever played for including Watsonians, Cambridge University, London Scottish, Scotland, the Barbarians and the Lions and is widely recognised as one of the finest players of his generation.
Former national coach Ian McGeechan said of him:”Gavin is a big man in every sense of the word… his greatest asset was to engender confidence in those around him and to lead by example when the opposition had to be taken on. In New Zealand, they considered him simply the best full-back in the world.”
He played for the World XV in the New Zealand Centenary Celebrations; and he holds the British points-scoring record with 733 points in tests for Scotland and the Lions.”
Gavin is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who is now a director of two businesses involved in Corporate event planning and motivating business leaders.