World Rugby Hall of Fame

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The World Rugby Hall of Fame (formerly the IRB Hall of Fame) recognises special achievement and contribution to the sport of rugby union. The World Rugby Hall of Fame covers players, coaches, administrators, match officials, institutions and other individuals.[1] The Hall of Fame recognises the history and important contributions to the game, through one or more induction ceremonies that have been held annually except in 2010. The permanent physical home of the Hall of Fame has been based at the Rugby Art Gallery, Museum & Library in Rugby, Warwickshire since November 2016.[2]


The Hall of Fame was introduced by the International Rugby Board (as World Rugby was then known) during the 2006 IRB Awards ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. The inaugural inductees were William Webb Ellis, who apocryphally caught the ball during a football game and ran with it, and Rugby School, which has left a huge legacy with the game in a number of ways.[3]

The second induction to the Hall of Fame took place in Paris on 21 October 2007, the night after the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.[4] The next induction was in London on 23 November 2008.[5]

The third induction, in which nine figures entered the Hall, was held on 27 October 2009 at Rugby School. The voting process for the class of 2009 was geared toward the history of British & Irish Lions tours to South Africa, the most recent of which took place in that year; all of the candidates were either Lions or Springboks.[6]

For 2011, induction ceremonies were held at various locations around the world,[7][8] with the year's final ceremony taking place as part of the 2011 IRB Awards on 24 October in Auckland, the day after the Rugby World Cup Final in that city.[9] The inductions at the Auckland ceremony, according to the IRB, were "under the theme of Rugby World Cup founders, visionaries and iconic figures,"[9] and were made in three groups—first for the founders of the RWC, then all World Cup-winning captains and coaches through the 2007 World Cup (minus John Eales, inducted in 2007), and finally other iconic players of the World Cup.[10]

The pattern begun in 2011 was repeated in 2012, with six induction ceremonies being held in six countries. As in the two previous induction cycles, the 2012 inductions had an overriding theme; "Rugby - A Global Game". According to the IRB, it "celebrates Rugby’s expansion to become a global sport played by millions of men and women worldwide."[11]

On 31 July 2014, the IRB announced that its Hall would merge with the separate International Rugby Hall of Fame later in 2014. The merger saw the 37 members of the International Hall who had not already been honoured by the IRB formally enter the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014 and 2015.[12] The 2014 class of inductees also included six women.

On 19 November the IRB rebranded as World Rugby, and the Hall of Fame became known as the World Rugby Hall Of Fame.


2006 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  England William Webb Ellis
  England Rugby School

2007 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  South Africa Danie Craven
  France Pierre de Coubertin
  Australia John Eales
  Wales Gareth Edwards
  New Zealand Wilson Whineray

2008 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  New Zealand 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team
  Scotland Ned Haig
  Ireland Jack Kyle
  Scotland Melrose Rugby Football Club
  Argentina Hugo Porta
  France Philippe Sella
  New Zealand Joe Warbrick

2009 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  South Africa and   Argentina Fairy Heatlie
  Scotland Bill Maclagan
  Ireland Willie John McBride
  Scotland Ian McGeechan
  Ireland Syd Millar
  Wales Cliff Morgan
  Ireland Tony O'Reilly
  South Africa Bennie Osler
  South Africa Frik du Preez

2010 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  United Kingdom Barbarian Football Club
  France Serge Blanco
  France André Boniface
  France Guy Boniface
  Wales Cardiff Rugby Football Club
  England William Percy Carpmael
  New Zealand Dave Gallaher
  Ireland Mike Gibson
  Wales Frank Hancock
  France Lucien Mias
  France Jean Prat
  England Alan Rotherham
  England Harry Vassall

2011 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  South Africa Kitch Christie
  Australia Bob Dwyer
  Australia Nick Farr-Jones
  England Martin Johnson
  England John Kendall-Carpenter
  New Zealand David Kirk
  Samoa Brian Lima
  New Zealand Richard Littlejohn
  New Zealand Brian Lochore
  New Zealand Jonah Lomu
  Australia Rod Macqueen
  South Africa François Pienaar
  Argentina Agustín Pichot
  Canada Gareth Rees
  Australia Nicholas Shehadie
  South Africa John Smit
  Australia Roger Vanderfield
  South Africa Jake White
  England Clive Woodward

2012 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  United States 1920 United States Olympic rugby team
  Romania 1924 Romania Olympic rugby team
  United States 1924 United States Olympic rugby team
  Chile Donald Campbell
  Chile Ian Campbell
  Japan Yoshihiro Sakata
  New Zealand Gordon Tietjens
  Zimbabwe Kennedy Tsimba
  Zimbabwe Richard Tsimba

2013 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  Scotland David Bedell-Sivright
  Australia David Campese
  Australia Ken Catchpole
  Ireland Ronnie Dawson
  Australia Mark Ella
  Australia George Gregan
  England Alfred St. George Hamersley
  Scotland Gavin Hastings
  Soviet Union Vladimir Ilyushin
  Australia Thomas Lawton, Snr
  Wales Jack Matthews
  United Kingdom Robert Seddon and the 1888 British Lions
  Fiji Waisale Serevi
  Australia John Thornett
  Wales Bleddyn Williams

2014 InducteesEdit

The 2014 class of inductees included six women.

Nation Inductee
  New Zealand Fred Allen
  New Zealand Don Clarke
  New Zealand Grant Fox
  New Zealand Sean Fitzpatrick
  New Zealand Michael Jones
  New Zealand Ian Kirkpatrick
  New Zealand John Kirwan
  New Zealand Terry McLean
  New Zealand Colin Meads
  New Zealand Graham Mourie
  New Zealand George Nepia
  France Nathalie Amiel[n 1]
  England Gill Burns[n 1]
  United States Patty Jervey[n 1]
  England Carol Isherwood[n 1]
  New Zealand Anna Richards[n 1]
  New Zealand Farah Palmer[n 1]
  Wales Keith Rowlands
  Scotland Jim Greenwood
  Wales J.P.R. Williams
  Australia Michael Lynagh
  France Jo Maso
  Ireland Keith Wood
  Wales Ieuan Evans
  England Jason Leonard
  England Bill Beaumont

2015 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  Australia Tim Horan
  Australia Tom Richards
  England Edgar Mobbs
  England Ronald Poulton-Palmer
  England Wavell Wakefield
  France Jean-Pierre Rives
  France Marcel Communeau
  Ireland Basil Maclear
  Ireland Fergus Slattery
  Ireland Tom Kiernan
  Scotland Andy Irvine
  Scotland Bill McLaren
  Scotland Gordon Brown
  South Africa Danie Gerber
  South Africa Hennie Muller
  South Africa Joost van der Westhuizen
  South Africa Morne du Plessis
  South Africa Naas Botha
  South Africa Nelson Mandela
  Wales Barry John
  Wales Carwyn James
  Wales Gerald Davies
  Wales Gwyn Nicholls
  Wales Mervyn Davies
  Wales Phil Bennett
  Wales Johnny Williams

2016 InducteesEdit

Nation Inductee
  Australia and
  United States
Daniel Carroll
  Canada Heather Moyse[n 1]
  England Maggie Alphonsi[n 1]
  England Lawrence Dallaglio
  England Jeremy Guscott
  England Jonny Wilkinson
  Ireland Brian O'Driscoll
  Japan Daisuke Ohata
  Scotland G.P.S. Macpherson
  Wales John Dawes
  Wales Arthur Gould
  Wales Shane Williams

2017 InducteesEdit

There were five names added to the Hall of Fame in 2017.[13]

Nation Inductee
  Argentina Felipe Contepomi
  Canada Al Charron
  England Rob Andrew
  France Fabien Pelous
  United States Phaidra Knight[n 1]

2018 InducteesEdit

There were five names added to the Hall of Fame in 2018.[14]

Nation Inductee
  Australia Stephen Larkham
  France Pierre Villepreux
  Ireland Ronan O'Gara
  New Zealand Bryan Williams
  Wales Liza Burgess[n 1]

2019 InducteesEdit

There were six names added to the Hall of Fame in 2019.

Nation Inductee
  New Zealand Richie McCaw
  Japan Shiggy Konno
  South Africa Os du Randt
  Samoa Peter Fatialofa
  New Zealand Graham Henry
  Uruguay Diego Ormaechea

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j This inductee is a woman.


  1. ^ IRB Hall of Fame: Objective
  2. ^ "World Rugby Hall of Fame: Jonny Wilkinson attends launch". BBC News Coventry and Warwickshire. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  3. ^ Two inaugural inductees in IRB Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Rugby News Service (21 October 2007). "Habana named IRB Player of the Year". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  5. ^ "IRB Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Inductees". International Rugby Board. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Nine inductees to join IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Five French legends into IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Hancock and Cardiff inducted to Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Stars set for glittering finale at IRB Awards" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  10. ^ "RWC legends inducted into IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Chilean Rugby greats added to IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Rugby greats to join definitive Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  13. ^ Pengelly, Martin (4 November 2017). "Meet Phaidra Knight: free radical flanker in World". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Ronan O'Gara: Former Ireland and Munster fly-half earns Hall of Fame honour". British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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