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Encyclopedia > International Rugby Hall of Fame

The International Rugby Hall of Fame (IRHOF) is a hall of fame for rugby union. It was created in 1997 in New Zealand and is run as a charitable trust with an address at Chiswick in London. Most of the trustees are also inductees. IRHOF accepts new inductees every two years. Most inductees are former players, but others who have contributed to the game are eligible. The IRB Hall of Fame is a hall of fame operated by the International Rugby Board (IRB) that recognises special achievement and contribution to the sport of rugby union. ... Walhalla temple, Germany A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of museum established for any a field of endeavour to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... A charitable trust is a trust established for charitable purposes. ... For other uses, see Chiswick (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The word trustee is a legal term that refers to a holder of property on behalf of a beneficiary. ...

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1997 Inductees

Flag of France Serge Blanco
Flag of South Africa Danie Craven
Flag of Wales Gareth Edwards
Flag of Australia Mark Ella
Flag of Ireland Mike Gibson
Flag of Wales Barry John
Flag of Ireland Willie John McBride
Flag of New Zealand Colin Meads
Flag of Wales Cliff Morgan
Flag of New Zealand George Nepia
Flag of South Africa Frik du Preez
Flag of Ireland Tony O'Reilly
Flag of Argentina Hugo Porta
Flag of France Jean-Pierre Rives
Flag of Wales JPR Williams
Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Serge Blanco (born 31 August 1958 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a former rugby union footballer who played fullback for Biarritz Olympique and France, gaining 93 caps, 81 at fullback. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Danie Craven (Daniël Hartman Craven) (11 October 1910 - 4 January 1994) is a former Western Province, Eastern Province, Northern Transvaal and Springbok Rugby Union player as well as arguably South Africas best and most well-known rugby administrator ever. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Gareth Edwards, born 12 July 1947 in Pontardawe, Wales, is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who plays scrum-half, considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mark Ella In Action Mark Ella was born on Friday, June 5th, 1959. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Cameron Michael Henderson (Mike) Gibson (born 3 December 1942 in Belfast) is a former Irish rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Barry John (born 6 January 1945 in Cefneithin, Wales) is a Welsh rugby union footballer, considered by many to be the greatest fly-half in the sports history. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Willie John McBride, MBE is an Irish rugby player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Colin Earl Meads (born June 3, 1936 in Cambridge, New Zealand) nicknamed Pinetree, is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played 133 times (55 of these were test matches) as an All Black from 1957 until 1971. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Cliff Morgan (born 7 April 1930 at Trebanog, Rhondda) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played for Cardiff RFC and earned 29 caps for Wales between 1951 and 1958. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... George Nepia (1905/1908? - 1986) was a famous Maori rugby and rugby league player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Frik du Preez (born Frederick Christoffel Hendrik du Preez on 28 November 1935) is a former Northern Transvaal and Springboks Rugby Union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Sir Anthony Tony OReilly (born 7 May 1936) is a Dublin born billionaire who holds both British and Irish nationality. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Hugo Porta (born 11 September 1951) is a former Argentine rugby union footballer who played fly-half. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jean-Pierre Rives (born 31 December 1952 in Toulouse) is a former French rugby union player who won 59 caps for France as a flanker. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... John Peter Rhys Williams (born 2 March 1949 in Cardiff), known universally as JPR Williams, played rugby union for Wales between 1969 and 1981. ...

1999 Inductees

Flag of Wales Gerald Davies
Flag of South Africa Morne du Plessis
Flag of Australia Nick Farr-Jones
Flag of Scotland Andy Irvine
Flag of Wales Carwyn James
Flag of Ireland Jack Kyle
Flag of New Zealand Brian Lochore
Flag of France Philippe Sella
Flag of England Wavell Wakefield
Flag of New Zealand Wilson Whineray
Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Gerald Davies CBE (February 7, 1945–) is one of the acknowledged giants of Welsh rugby, playing for the side between 1966 and 1978. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Morne du Plessis is a former South African rugby union player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nick Farr-Jones is a former rugby union player from Australia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Andy Irvine was a Scottish rugby player, and is currently president of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Carwyn James (1929–1983) won two Welsh international Rugby Union caps but is most famous for his coaching achievements for both Llanelli and the British and Irish Lions. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... John Wilson Kyle (born 10 February 1926 in Belfast) is a former Irish rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... hi ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Philippe Sella was born in 1962-02-14. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Sir William Wavell Wakefield, 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal (10 March 1898, Beckenham-12 August 1983) was a rugby union player for Harlequins and England, President of the Rugby Football Union and a British politician. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Sir Wilson James Whineray (born 10 July 1935) is a former captain of the All Blacks, New Zealands national rugby team. ...

2001 Inductees

{{|Scotland}} Gordon Brown
Flag of Australia David Campese
Flag of Australia Ken Catchpole
Flag of New Zealand Don Clarke
Flag of Wales Mervyn Davies
Flag of New Zealand Sean Fitzpatrick
Flag of Australia Michael Lynagh
Flag of Scotland Bill McLaren, commentator
Flag of South Africa Hennie Muller
Flag of France Jean Prat
Gordon Brown (1 November 1947 - 19 March 2001) was a hugely popular and much-loved Scottish international rugby union footballer with a fine sense of humour who played lock forward for West of Scotland, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British Lions. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... David Ian Campese (born October 21, 1962 in Queanbeyan), also known as Campo, is an Australian former Rugby Union player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Ken Catchpole (in Paddington in 1939) is a former Australian rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Donald Barry Clarke (November 10, 1933–December 29, 2002) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played 89 times (31 of these were test matches) as an All Black from 1956 until 1964. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Thomas Mervyn Davies (born 1946 in Swansea), is a former Welsh rugby union player who won 38 rugby union caps for Wales as a No. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Michael Lynagh (born October 25, 1963) is an Australian rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Bill McLaren (born 1923) is a Scottish former rugby union commentator, known as the voice of rugby, renowned the world over until his retirement in 2002. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Hendrik Scholtz Vosloo Muller (born 26 March 1922 in Witbank), usually known as Hennie Muller is a former South African rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jean Prat (born 1 August 1923 in Lourdes) is a former French rugby union footballer. ...

2003 Inductees

Flag of England Bill Beaumont
Flag of Scotland Gavin Hastings
Flag of Australia Tim Horan
Flag of New Zealand Michael Jones
Flag of New Zealand Ian Kirkpatrick
Flag of New Zealand John Kirwan
Flag of France Jo Maso
Flag of Ireland Syd Millar
Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Bill Beaumont, born 9 March 1952, was captain of the England rugby union team at a time when they struggled to win games. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE (born January 3, 1962 in Edinburgh) of Watsonians, Cambridge University Rugby Football Club, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions was one of the outstanding rugby players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Tim Horan (born 18 May 1970) is a former Australian rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Michael Niko Jones (born April 8, 1965 in Apia) has been named as one of the worlds greatest rugby union players of the all-time by The Times and also the 3rd greatest all black of all-time after Colin Meads and Sean Fitzpatrick respectively. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Ian Andrew Kirkpatrick (born 24 May 1946 in Gisborne) is a New Zealand rugby union player, who was captain of the All Blacks. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... John James Kirwan (born 16 December 1964) is a New Zealand born rugby union footballer turned coach. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jo Maso (born 27 December 1944 in Perpignan, France) is a former rugby union footballer who played centre for Narbonne, Toulonnais, Perpignan and France, gaining 25 caps. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Dr. Syd Millar, CBE (born 23 May 1934 in Ballymena) is the chairman of the International Rugby Board. ...

2005 Inductees

Flag of New Zealand Fred Allen
Flag of Wales Phil Bennett
Flag of France André Boniface
Flag of South Africa Naas Botha
Flag of Australia John Eales
Flag of New Zealand Grant Fox
Flag of New Zealand Dave Gallaher
Flag of England Martin Johnson
Flag of Scotland Ian McGeechan
Flag of Wales Gwyn Nicholls
Flag of South Africa Francois Pienaar
Flag of Ireland Keith Wood
Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Fred Allen (born February 9 1920 in Oamaru, New Zealand) was a rugby union coach, and former New Zealand rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Phil Bennett (born October 24, 1948) was a Welsh Rugby Union fly half from 1969 to 1978. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... André Boniface (born August 14, 1934 in Montfort-en-Chalosse, France) played international rugby union for France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Naas Botha (Hendrik Egnatius Botha) (born 27 February 1958) is a former Northern Transvaal and Springbok Rugby Union player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... John Eales AM (born 27 June 1970) is a former Australian rugby union footballer and arguably the most successful captain in the history of Australian Rugby. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Grant James Fox (born 6 June 1962 in New Plymouth) is a New Zealand rugby union player for the All Blacks. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... David Gallaher (30 October 1873–4 October 1917) was a New Zealand rugby union footballer, best known as the captain of The Originals, the first New Zealand national team to be known as the All Blacks. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (born March 9, 1970) is a former England rugby union player and captain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Ian McGeechan (born on October 30, 1946) is a hugely successful rugby coach of the Northampton Saints, the Scotland national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Erith Gwyn Nicholls (1874 - March 1939) was a Welsh rugby union player who gained 24 caps for Wales as a centre. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Jacobus Francois Pienaar (born 2 January 1967 in Vereeniging, South Africa) captained and played flanker for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks from 26 June 1993 until 10 August 1996. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Keith Wood (born 27 January 1972 in Killaloe) is a former international rugby union footballer who played hooker for Ireland, the Lions, Harlequins and Munster. ...

2007 Inductees

Flag of Wales Ieuan Evans
Flag of South Africa Danie Gerber
Flag of Ireland Tom Kiernan
Flag of England Jason Leonard
Flag of New Zealand Jonah Lomu
Flag of New Zealand Terry McLean (journalist)
Flag of New Zealand Graham Mourie
Flag of South Africa Bennie Osler
Flag of Ireland Fergus Slattery
Flag of South Africa Joost van der Westhuizen
Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A great winger for Wales in the 1990s, who marked his last days with a British Lions tour to South Africa in 1997. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Danie Gerber (born 14 April 1958 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player, who played for South Africa between 1980 and 1992. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Tom Kiernan is a former Ireland international rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Jason Leonard, MBE is a former England player who held the world record for international appearances for a national team until 2005, when it was surpassed only by Australias George Gregan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born May 12, 1975) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who has played 73 times (63 caps) as an All Black after debuting in 1994. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Graham Neil Kenneth Mourie (born 8 September 1952) is a former New Zealand All Black flanker. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Benjamin Louwrens Osler (born 23 November 1901, Aliwal North, South Africa and died 28 April 1962) was a rugby union footballer who played internationally for South Africa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Fergus Slattery was born in Dublin on 12th February, 1949. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Joost van der Westhuizen (born 20 February 1971) is a former South African rugby union player who was the Springboks first choice scrum half in the late 1990s. ...

Inductees per nation

Nation Number of Inductees
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 15
Flag of Wales Wales 10
Flag of South Africa South Africa 9
Flag of Ireland Ireland 8
Flag of Australia Australia 7
Flag of France France 6
Flag of Scotland Scotland 5
Flag of England England 4
Flag of Argentina Argentina 1

External links

  • Official webpage
  • Joining the Legends an added Bonus for Wood - Telegraph, November 17, 2005

See also

Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6/6 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4 - 1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  (13 November 2004) Worst defeat  Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Semi-finals, 1991 The Scotland national rugby union... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... The IRB Hall of Fame is a hall of fame operated by the International Rugby Board (IRB) that recognises special achievement and contribution to the sport of rugby union. ... The IRB logo. ... This is a list of some notable Rugby Union players. ... This is a list of notable rugby union footballers sorted by country. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ...

 
 

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