Irvine is a former President of the Scottish Rugby Union and a former Scottish International. As full back for Scotland, he won 51 caps, 1972-82. He also played for the Lions against South Africa (1974), New Zealand (1977) and South Africa (1980).
Following a meeting of the Board, Gerald Davies was appointed as Tour Manager for the 2009 Lions Tour to South Africa. Davies, one of the legends of Welsh rugby, toured with the British & Irish Lions in South Africa (1968) and New Zealand (1971).