Top-Flight Speakers For Glasgow Rugby Awards Dinner

Four celebrity speakers have been enlisted to enhance the Glasgow Rugby Awards Dinner next month. The line-up is:_ Allan Hosie, the former international referee who is now president of the Scottish Rugby Union_ John Beattie, former Scotland international forward, now a renowned broadcaster and newspaper columnist_ Richie Gray, the Borders" Rugby Academy manager, who captained Gala's Scottish Cup-winning team in 1999_ Bill Nolan, the Glasgow and District Rugby Union's vice-chairman, who will be the dinner chairmanEach is a popular and entertaining after-dinner speaker as well as being renowned in his particular sphere in the rugby world. Their appearance on the speech-list is an added attraction to the dinner, a well established event on Glasgow rugby's social calendar. The Glasgow and District Rugby Union and the Glasgow Rugby professional team are again joining forces to hold the dinner in the Glasgow Moat House Hotel on Sunday 27 April.In each of the past two years the G&DRU and Glasgow Rugby have held a successful dinner as the key event in raising funds to send the Glasgow Thistles for a month's experience of rugby in New Zealand. The emphasis of the dinner has now been changed, with awards being made in a variety of categories, though the evening's fund-raising will still be to benefit the Glasgow Thistles.As well as the top-flight guest speakers, and Scotland rugby players will be among the guests. At the top of the bill among the fund-raising activities will be an attractive raffle prize - a trip for two to see Scotland play against France and Fiji in the Rugby World Cup in Sydney in October.Glasgow rugby supporters and all clubs in the district have been invited nominate candidates for several awards. The categories include:_ Professional Player of the Year_ Premiership Player of the Year_ National League Player of the Year_ Youth Player of the Year_ Club of the Year_ Clubman (or Clubwoman) of the YearEveryone in Glasgow rugby can join in the ballot. Everyone in Glasgow rugby is invited to attend the dinner. The cost is ?35 per person plus VAT - a corporate hospitality table for 10 (including a guest from the Glasgow Rugby squad) is ?350 plus VAT.All the proceeds will contribute to a worth cause - the Glasgow Thistles. For the past five years the Glasgow and District Rugby Union have sent a group of young and talented players to New Zealand to experience the rugby culture there. The venture has been invaluable in the development of Glasgow rugby's best young players, and two past Thistles, Andrew Henderson and Rory Kerr, have gone on to be capped by Scotland in the past 18 months. Numerous others have won international age-group honours.Please support this worthy cause. Anyone wishing further information about the dinner or the Thistles" venture should phone the Glasgow Rugby office (0141-353 3468) or send an e-mail to glasgowrugby@sru.org.uk.Four celebrity speakers have been enlisted to enhance the Glasgow Rugby Awards Dinner next month. The line-up is:_ Allan Hosie, the former international referee who is now president of the Scottish Rugby Union_ John Beattie, former Scotland international forward, now a renowned broadcaster and newspaper columnist_ Richie Gray, the Borders" Rugby Academy manager, who captained Gala's Scottish Cup-winning team in 1999_ Bill Nolan, the Glasgow and District Rugby Union's vice-chairman, who will be the dinner chairmanEach is a popular and entertaining after-dinner speaker as well as being renowned in his particular sphere in the rugby world. Their appearance on the speech-list is an added attraction to the dinner, a well established event on Glasgow rugby's social calendar. The Glasgow and District Rugby Union and the Glasgow Rugby professional team are again joining forces to hold the dinner in the Glasgow Moat House Hotel on Sunday 27 April.In each of the past two years the G&DRU and Glasgow Rugby have held a successful dinner as the key event in raising funds to send the Glasgow Thistles for a month's experience of rugby in New Zealand. The emphasis of the dinner has now been changed, with awards being made in a variety of categories, though the evening's fund-raising will still be to benefit the Glasgow Thistles.As well as the top-flight guest speakers, and Scotland rugby players will be among the guests. At the top of the bill among the fund-raising activities will be an attractive raffle prize - a trip for two to see Scotland play against France and Fiji in the Rugby World Cup in Sydney in October.Glasgow rugby supporters and all clubs in the district have been invited nominate candidates for several awards. The categories include:_ Professional Player of the Year_ Premiership Player of the Year_ National League Player of the Year_ Youth Player of the Year_ Club of the Year_ Clubman (or Clubwoman) of the YearEveryone in Glasgow rugby can join in the ballot. Everyone in Glasgow rugby is invited to attend the dinner. The cost is ?35 per person plus VAT - a corporate hospitality table for 10 (including a guest from the Glasgow Rugby squad) is ?350 plus VAT.All the proceeds will contribute to a worth cause - the Glasgow Thistles. For the past five years the Glasgow and District Rugby Union have sent a group of young and talented players to New Zealand to experience the rugby culture there. The venture has been invaluable in the development of Glasgow rugby's best young players, and two past Thistles, Andrew Henderson and Rory Kerr, have gone on to be capped by Scotland in the past 18 months. Numerous others have won international age-group honours.Please support this worthy cause. Anyone wishing further information about the dinner or the Thistles" venture should phone the Glasgow Rugby office (0141-353 3468) or send an e-mail to glasgowrugby@sru.org.uk.