IRB Hall of Fame

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Not to be confused with International Rugby Hall of Fame.

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 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.

History[edit]

The IRB Hall of Fame was introduced 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. IRB Chairman, Dr Syd Millar, said “To commemorate the establishment of the IRB Hall of Fame and to recognise the proud history and traditions of the Game, including its origins, William Webb Ellis and Rugby School were enrolled into the IRB Hall of Fame,” added Dr Millar.[2]

The second induction to the IRB Hall of Fame took place in Paris on 21 October 2007, the night after the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.[3] The next induction was in London on 23 November 2008.[4]

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 and 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.[5]

For 2011, induction ceremonies were held at various locations around the world,[6][7] 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.[8] The inductions at the Auckland ceremony, according to the IRB, were "under the theme of Rugby World Cup founders, visionaries and iconic figures,"[8] 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.[9]

The pattern begun in 2011 was repeated in 2012, with six induction ceremonies being held in six different 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."[10]

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 will see the 37 members of the International Hall who had not already been honoured by the IRB formally enter the "new" IRB Hall in 2014 and 2015.[11]

Inductees[edit]

2006 Inductees[edit]

Nation Inductee
 England William Webb Ellis
 England Rugby School

2007 Inductees[edit]

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

2008 Inductees[edit]

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 Inductees[edit]

Nation Inductee
 South Africa 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 Inductees[edit]

Nation Inductee
 England 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 Inductees[edit]

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 Inductees[edit]

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 Inductees[edit]

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

Nominees[edit]

2007[edit]

19th century 20th century

2008[edit]

19th century
  • 19.1. Edinburgh Academy and Merchiston Castle School* (Scotland)
  • 19.2. Joseph Arthur Gould (Wales)
  • 19.3. Melrose Club and Ned Haig (Scotland)
  • 19.4. Blackheath RC and Francis M. Campbell (England)
  • 19.5. Alfred St. George Hamersley KC (Can)
  • 19.6 The 1888/89 Maoris and Joseph Astbury 'Joe' Warbrick (New Zealand)
  • 19.7 Lennard Stokes (Blackheath & England)
  • 19.8. William Percy 'Tottie' Carpmael (Blackheath and Barbarians)
  • 19.9. Francis Escott ‘Frank' Hancock (Cardiff and Wales)
  • 19.10 Rev. Frank Marshall (England)
  • 19.11 Liverpool St Helens RFC (England)










Twentieth century
  • 20.1 The 1905 All Blacks "Originals" and David ‘Dave' Gallaher (New Zealand)
  • 20.2 William Wavell Wakefield (Harlequins and England)
  • 20.3 George ‘HGM' Nepia (New Zealand)
  • 20.4 Frederick Richard ‘Fred' Allen (Linwood, Canterbury and New Zealand)
  • 20.5 Jean Prat (Lourdes and France)
  • 20.6 Dr. John Wilson ‘Jackie' Kyle (Queen University and Ireland)
  • 20.7 1950 British and Irish Lions ()
  • 20.8 Clifford (Cliff) Isaac Morgan CVO OBE, (Cardiff and Wales)
  • 20.9. Lucien Mias (Mazamet and France)
  • 20.10 William James ‘Willie John' McBride (Ballymena and Ireland)
  • 20.12 Cameron Michael Henderson ‘Mike' Gibson (North of Ireland, Ulster and Ireland)
  • 20.13 John Peter Rhys (JPR)
  • 20.14 Hugo Porta (Banco Nacion and Argentina)
  • 20.15 Serge Blanco (Biarritz and France)
  • 20.16 Jean-Pierre Rives (Toulouse and France)
  • 20.17 Mark Gordon Ella MA (Randwick, NSW and Australia)
  • 20.18 David Ian Campese (Randwick, NSW, Milan and Australia)
  • 20.19 Peter Squires* (England)
  • 20.20 Ian Campbell* (Prince of Wales, Chile)
Twenty-first century
  • 21.1 Philippe Sella (France)
  • 21.2 Jonah Tali Lomu MNZM (New Zealand)
  • 21.3 Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (England)
  • 21.4 Vernon Pugh (Wales)
  • 21.5 Jake White (South Africa)
















2009[edit]

19th century
  • 19.1 William “Bill” E Maclagan (Scotland) (1858–1926)
  • 19.2 Randolph L Aston (England) (1869–1930)
  • 19.3 John ‘Johnny’ Hammond & Dr. Thomas ‘Tommy’ J Crean
  • 19.4 Barry H. ‘Fairy’ Heatlie (South Africa) (1872–1951)
  • 19.5 Herbert Hayton Castens (South Africa) (1864–1929)



20th century 21st century
  • 21.1 Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (England)
  • 21.2 Ian Robert ‘Geech’ McGeechan (Scotland)
  • 21.3 Joost van der Westhuizen (South Africa)


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IRB Hall of Fame: Objective irb.com
  2. ^ Two inaugural inductees in IRB Hall of Fame irb.com
  3. ^ Rugby News Service (21 October 2007). "Habana named IRB Player of the Year". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 21 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "IRB Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Inductees". International Rugby Board. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Nine inductees to join IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Five French legends into IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hancock and Cardiff inducted to Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Stars set for glittering finale at IRB Awards" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "RWC legends inducted into IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Chilean Rugby greats added to IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Rugby greats to join definitive Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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