GLASGOW District Council consider New Zealand's visit to Old

Anniesland next month to be a prestigious sporting event, quantified by

a #12,000 sponsorship for the game between Scotland A and the All Blacks

on Saturday, November 13.

Bernard Connolly, director of the city's parks and recreation

department, described the game as ''one of the major events the city has

mounted. It gives the whole of the West of Scotland the chance to see

top-quality rugby.''

Sponsorship will help the Glasgow and District Rugby Union to erect

temporary stands seating about 4500, raising the ground's capacity to

close on 8000. In addition to the specific financial backing the council

will host a civic dinner for the All Blacks two days before the match.

Allan Hosie, the former international referee now a Glasgow

representative on the Scottish Rugby Union committee, also saw the

Anniesland match as an ideal opportunity to promote the game in the

West. ''The profile of rugby football in the Glasgow district has not

been as high as it should have been,'' he said.

Hosie reiterated an appeal to clubs in the Glasgow area to avoid

kick-offs coinciding with the All Blacks' game, suggesting that matches

should be brought forward either to Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Jim Telfer, Scotland's former captain and coach, who is to take on the

newly created role as the SRU's director of rugby next month, looked on

the All Blacks' tour to Scotland and England in its global context.

''It's important to remember that in two years' time, all of us will be

involved in the World Cup,'' he said. ''The All Blacks will be looking

on this tour as preparation.''

Telfer also recalled that the last time the All Blacks visited this

country, 10 years ago, they drew 25-all with Scotland at Murrayfield.

On this tour, the All Blacks will play four games in Scotland and nine

in England. They open the Scottish section against the South at

Netherdale on November 10, and after the Anniesland match the tourists

will play a Scotland Development XV as well as the Murrayfield


Tickets for Anniesland will be available later this month priced #10

for stand and #5 for the ground (children #3). In addition, 300 free

tickets will be available for members of the Young Scotland Squad and

150 for the Glasgow schoolchildren who will be putting on a display of

New Image Rugby before the big game.

Glasgow's parks and recreation department will provide ticket outlets

at their High Street offices and the Kelvin Hall. Tickets will also be

available from Glasgow rugby clubs and the district secretary, Minto


Yesterday, too, it was announced that the match would not only be

broadcast live by television throughout the UK but also beamed to New