Glasgow Rugby Honours For John Roxburgh And Campbell Bone

Two highly respected personalities in Scottish rugby were honoured at the Glasgow Rugby Awards Dinner in Glasgow this evening. John Roxburgh and Campbell Bone received special Lifetime Achievement trophies.John played stand-off for Jordanhill and Glasgow, captaining the former when they won the unofficial club championship in 1969. He later became the Scottish Rugby Union's first full-time rugby administrator and was at Murrayfield for more than quarter of a century. After his retirement he joined the Glasgow and District Rugby Union Board, and he is now Glasgow Hawks" director of rugby.Campbell has been coaching at all levels for more than 50 years, mainly in Ayrshire. His expertise, though, is recognised within the SRU and throughout Scottish rugby.John's club, Hawks, have already won the Premier One championship, and they will going for a double when they take on Dundee High School FP in the Scottish Cup final at Murrayfield on 1 May. It was therefore no surprise that the club were presented with two other awards this evening. Hawks were named Club of the Year, and their back-row forward, Mark Sitch, collected the Premiership Player of the Year award.Frank McAveety, the Scottish Executive's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, presented the Young Player of the Year to James Eddie, the GHA forward who played in all 10 of Scotland's under-19 internationals this season, including the five matches in the recent IRB World Junior Championship in South Africa.Sean Lamont received the Professional Player of the Year trophy, an award that was all the more significant as this is the wing's first season with Glasgow. He has appeared in all but one of Glasgow's 26 matches so far this season, scoring nine tries, including three in the two games against Montpellier in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup competition.City of Glasgow Council received the Sponsor of the Year award. Bailie Malcolm McLean accepted the trophy on behalf of the council.Council members and management have been strong supporters of Glasgow rugby. Most recently, they have been willing backers in the Scottish Rugby Union's successful bid to bring the IRB Under-21 World Cup to Scotland in June.More than half of that competition's matches will be played within Glasgow city, and, recognising that, the flags of the 12 competing countries were displayed at the dinner in the Glasgow Thistle Hotel this evening - Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Argentina, and Russia. Tonga qualified for the world tournament only yesterday afternoon, with a 21-10 victory against Samoa in Apia in the deciding match of a three-way play-off that included also Fiji.Money raised at the dinner goes towards funding the Glasgow Thistles" July visit to Ireland for high-quality rugby education at the University of Limerick's Corporate and Sports Park.All the award winners:Professional Player of the Year - Sean Lamont.Premiership Player of the Year - Mark Sitch (Glasgow Hawks).National League Player of the Year - Neil Chisholm (Hamilton).Young Player of the Year - James Eddie (Glasgow Hutchesons" Aloysians).Club of the Year - Glasgow Hawks.Referee of the Year - Grant Wilson (Strathclyde Police).Club Volunteer of the Year - Norrie Lymburn (Ayr).Sponsor of the Year - City of Glasgow Council.Lifetime Achievement Awards - Campbell Bone and John Roxburgh.Two highly respected personalities in Scottish rugby were honoured at the Glasgow Rugby Awards Dinner in Glasgow this evening. John Roxburgh and Campbell Bone received special Lifetime Achievement trophies.John played stand-off for Jordanhill and Glasgow, captaining the former when they won the unofficial club championship in 1969. He later became the Scottish Rugby Union's first full-time rugby administrator and was at Murrayfield for more than quarter of a century. After his retirement he joined the Glasgow and District Rugby Union Board, and he is now Glasgow Hawks" director of rugby.Campbell has been coaching at all levels for more than 50 years, mainly in Ayrshire. His expertise, though, is recognised within the SRU and throughout Scottish rugby.John's club, Hawks, have already won the Premier One championship, and they will going for a double when they take on Dundee High School FP in the Scottish Cup final at Murrayfield on 1 May. It was therefore no surprise that the club were presented with two other awards this evening. Hawks were named Club of the Year, and their back-row forward, Mark Sitch, collected the Premiership Player of the Year award.Frank McAveety, the Scottish Executive's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, presented the Young Player of the Year to James Eddie, the GHA forward who played in all 10 of Scotland's under-19 internationals this season, including the five matches in the recent IRB World Junior Championship in South Africa.Sean Lamont received the Professional Player of the Year trophy, an award that was all the more significant as this is the wing's first season with Glasgow. He has appeared in all but one of Glasgow's 26 matches so far this season, scoring nine tries, including three in the two games against Montpellier in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup competition.City of Glasgow Council received the Sponsor of the Year award. Bailie Malcolm McLean accepted the trophy on behalf of the council.Council members and management have been strong supporters of Glasgow rugby. Most recently, they have been willing backers in the Scottish Rugby Union's successful bid to bring the IRB Under-21 World Cup to Scotland in June.More than half of that competition's matches will be played within Glasgow city, and, recognising that, the flags of the 12 competing countries were displayed at the dinner in the Glasgow Thistle Hotel this evening - Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Argentina, and Russia. Tonga qualified for the world tournament only yesterday afternoon, with a 21-10 victory against Samoa in Apia in the deciding match of a three-way play-off that included also Fiji.Money raised at the dinner goes towards funding the Glasgow Thistles" July visit to Ireland for high-quality rugby education at the University of Limerick's Corporate and Sports Park.All the award winners:Professional Player of the Year - Sean Lamont.Premiership Player of the Year - Mark Sitch (Glasgow Hawks).National League Player of the Year - Neil Chisholm (Hamilton).Young Player of the Year - James Eddie (Glasgow Hutchesons" Aloysians).Club of the Year - Glasgow Hawks.Referee of the Year - Grant Wilson (Strathclyde Police).Club Volunteer of the Year - Norrie Lymburn (Ayr).Sponsor of the Year - City of Glasgow Council.Lifetime Achievement Awards - Campbell Bone and John Roxburgh.