Scottish Rugby to induct more all-time greats into its Hall of Fame

Scottish Rugby is to celebrate the rich history of the game in Scotland and its most enduring personalities with its second induction to its Hall of Fame.

A glittering gala dinner will take place at Murrayfield Stadium on Thursday 7 November to mark the second induction to the Hall of Fame.

The event will be attended by members of the current Scotland team and management, who will be preparing to launch their 2013-14 international campaign, with the season’s first Test, against Japan, taking place two days later on Saturday 9 November at Murrayfield.

Twelve distinguished rugby Scots were honoured at the inaugural Hall of Fame dinner in November 2010 and now debate will be sparked off afresh as renowned candidates are considered.

The definitive dozen from the inaugural induction were David Bedell-Sivright; Phil Macpherson; Ned Haig; Ken Scotland; Sandy Carmichael, Andy Irvine; Finlay Calder; Bill McLaren; Gavin Hastings; Sir Ian McGeechan, Jim Telfer and Gordon Brown.

Now the panel entrusted with the task of considering the qualities of 1049 male international players, hundreds of women international players, referees, coaches, administrators and volunteers – in short anyone who has made a lasting contribution to the game in Scotland and beyond – is about to convene again.

The panel is chaired by former Scotland and British Lions flanker John Jeffrey and includes his fellow Scotland and Lions internationalists, Sir Ian McGeechan, John Beattie and Chris Rea.  A new panel member this year is BBC Radio Scotland’s Voice of Rugby, Bill Johnstone, whose distinctive Border brogue has brought the game to life for listeners around the globe for more than a quarter of a century.

John Jeffrey said: “We’ve all had that conversation chatting with friends when we discuss who the best was and why?

“We’ve got the responsibility again to consider the merits of those who have made a special contribution in the 140 + years of the game in Scotland and I’m sure it will be an animated discussion when we gather around the table later this summer.

“We plan to involve Scotland supporters again in the induction process and more details of that will be announced on the Scottish Rugby website – www.scottishrugby.org – in due course.”

Bill McLaren Foundation as charity partner

Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, Dominic McKay, said: “One of the innovations for this year’s induction will be our charity partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation.

“Bill’s vast enthusiasm for the game and the influence he extended to encourage so many people to share his passion for the sport, were rightly recognised by his induction three years ago. Working in tandem with the Bill McLaren Foundation, we would like the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame Dinner to continue to espouse Bill’s values and the charity to benefit from what will be a very special night.”

SRU Past President, Alan Lawson, from the Bill McLaren Foundation, noted:  “We are delighted to be linked with such a prestigious event as the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame dinner. The evening promises to be memorable for all rugby enthusiasts. The Foundation is grateful to Scottish Rugby for this honour."

The star-studded evening will take place on Thursday 7 November and will be hosted by celebrated Scottish sports broadcaster Dougie Donnelly.  Details of an after-dinner speaker will be confirmed shortly.

The evening includes a champagne reception; three-course dinner with wine; a souvenir programme; the induction ceremony; presentation of uniquely sculpted awards; and an auction, proceeds of which will go to the Bill McLaren Foundation.

The cost for the evening is £157.50 plus VAT and you can buy tickets directly through Scottish Rugby’s conference and banqueting division, The Murrayfield Experience either on the phone – 0131 346 5250 or online enquiries@murrayfieldexperience.com

Those who purchase the first 12 tables (of 10) for the evening also have the opportunity to be joined by either a current or past Scotland rugby internationalist at their table.