Top players can expect lion-hearted welcome at Riverside

Rugby Union - 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa - Third Test: South Africa 9 British Lions 26 (13/07/1974)''Andy Irvine kicks the ball during the Third Test at the Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
Rugby Union - 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa - Third Test: South Africa 9 British Lions 26 (13/07/1974)''Andy Irvine kicks the ball during the Third Test at the Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth.

JED-FOREST RFC are looking to get season 2013/14 off to a good start and are looking for inspiration from some past rugby masters.

The Riverside Park outfit have joined forces with the Bill McLaren Foundation to organise a gala dinner and a star-studded group of speakers have already confirmed their attendance.

The event will take place at the Riverside clubrooms on Friday, September 6, when Jed-Forest RFC president, Billy Grieve, will welcome distinguished speakers Finlay Calder, Andy Irvine and former Welsh scrum-half, Robert Jones. Former Scotland and British & Irish Lion No8 John Beattie will be MC for the evening.

Mr Grieve told The Southern: “It is promising to be an excellent evening. We are keen to get the season off to a good start, both on and off the field, and a dinner of this calibre is exactly what we want.

“Working in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation, we will also be having an auction and silent auction as part of the night to raise funds.

“Everyone is welcome to come along to Riverside to start the season on a high note.”

John Thorburn, from the Bill McLaren Foundation, added: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Jed-Forest for this event. It has all the makings of a quality night. All speakers and entertainers are Lions and it will be interesting to hear their views, especially from Andy Irvine who is the manager of the current Lions tour party.”

Tickets for this mixed event are available from any Jed-Forest RFC committee member or via www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk