RUGBY in Tweeddale is set for a major boost after it was announced two legends of the game are heading to Peebles.

Regarded as one of rugby union's greatest ever players, Zinzan Brooke is amongst the guest at the inaugural Voice of Rugby Dinner at Peebles Hydro.

And the former world record test try scorer will be joined at the top table by the formidable former England hooker Brian Moore.

Proceeds from the dinner, which is being jointly organised by Peebles Rugby Club and the Bill McLaren Foundation, will go towards the development of rugby in the Peeblesshire area.

Keith Fisken from Peebles Rugby told us: "We are delighted to be partnering with The Bill McLaren Foundation for the inaugural Voice of Rugby Dinner.

"We have a fantastic line-up of guest speakers for what should be a memorable evening of rugby entertainment."

Zinzan Brooke played 58 tests for the All Blacks in the number eight position.

As well as a driving force in the pack he had the running and kicking skills of a back-line player.

He scored a then record 17 tries in Test matches.

Amongst the memories he will recall at the Dinner will be that infamous 48-meter drop goal during the 1995 Rugby World Cup match against England.

John Thorburn from the Bill McLaren Foundation told us: "All funds raised on the night will be put towards the development of rugby union and in the Tweeddale area and to encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people.

"The Foundation is also working towards the creation of an education centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive."

Former England and British Lions hooker Brian Moore played in three World Cups, won three Gland Slams (1991, 1992 and 1996), went on two Lions tours.

And in 1991 he was voted Rugby World Player of the Year.

Since retiring from rugby, he has become an uncompromising commentator on sport, broadcasting for the BBC and writing for The Daily Telegraph, for which he was nominated for Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2009.

The Master of Ceremonies for the not-to-be-missed evening is Scotty Glynn.

The born entertainer has a gift for laughter and is also reputedly the first professional rugby player in East Lothian.

The Voice of Rugby Dinner takes place at Peebles Hydro on April 21.

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