Rugby heroes given World Cup send-off

Rugby squadScotland’s rugby squad was given a send-off to the eighth World Cup at a black-tie dinner held at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow attended by the Princess Royal.

Al Kellock and Rory Lawson (below right) acted as joint master of ceremonies and the comedian Rory Bremner provided entertainment along with the Lismore Ceilidh Band.

The World Cup starts next week with Scotland kicking off  their campaign the following week against Japan in Gloucester on 23 September, USA in Leeds on 27 September, South Africa in Newcastle on 3 October, and Samoa, also in Newcastle, on 10 October. Scotland have qualified for the knockout stages in six of the seven previous tournaments.

The dinner raised money for two charities – Hearts & Balls and the Bill McLaren Foundation. Auction prizes included an electric guitar designed by Queen guitarist Brian May, which raised £1,600, and a limited edition print of the late commentator McLaren’s notes for the first World Cup Final in 1987, which raised £2,000.

Daily Business was delighted to be a guest of BT Scotland.

Brian May guitar

Rory Lawson

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