Conduit Finance are delighted to once again support and sponsor The Italian Job III, a lunch with Scott Quinnell, Michael Lynach and Andy Nicol, in partnership with Boroughmuir RFC and The Bill McLaren Foundation. This fantastic afternoon of rugby entertainment at Murrayfield supports the work of the foundation.
Scott Quinnell played over 50 times for Wales and turned out for the British & Irish Lions on their tours in 1997 and 2001. He also played for his country at rugby league.
Michael Lynagh was the vice-captain of the Australia team that won the Word Cup in 1991 and in all, the stand-off earned 72 caps for his country scoring over 900 points.
Both men no work for Sky Sports as pundits and have their fingers on the pulse of everything that is going on in the modern game.
Andy Nicol has launched a successful broadcasting career since retiring from rugby and is a popular and successful compare at business and sporting events. Andy played 23 times for Scotland and captained the national team in the famous win in 2000 over the Auld Enemy which thwarted their Grand Slam ambitions that year.
The Bill McLaren Foundation
Bill McLaren was a man who represented all that is best about rugby union. He was known as “The Voice of Rugby” not just because of the beauty of his tone and the delight of his imaginative phrasing, but because he portrayed our game as we would always wish it to be.
The Charitable Foundation was set up in March 2010 to raise funds to support the development of rugby and its values and also to recognise the contribution Bill McLaren made to rugby through education and the development of an interpretative centre including Bill's extensive archive including his big sheets.
The Foundation has been set up in Bill’s name, and with the support of his family.
Stevie Douglas, the Boroughmuir rugby president, said: “We are delighted to work with the Bill McLaren Foundation again for this event.
“It is always great fun and the fact that lots of people have been asking me about it for the last few months, so they can secure tickets shows just how popular it has become.”
Alan Lawson from the Bill McLaren Foundation added: “This event has fast become one of the ‘must attend’ rugby functions around Six Nations time and we enjoy working with those at Boroughmuir to bring it together.
“The Italian Job III is shaping up nicely and I look forward to meeting rugby lovers from far and wide there.”
Jamie Davidson, the founder of the company, said: “We are proud to once again support such a fantastic cause. To be associated with a charity and an event that helps engage people with the spirit of rugby is very satisfying.
“The growth of the event in recent years had been exciting to see. We are looking forward to what will be another lively event that will help the Bill McLaren Foundation increase engagement in our special sport.”