IRB 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. 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 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.
The third induction, in which nine figures entered the Hall, was held on October 27, 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.
For 2011, induction ceremonies were held at various locations around the world, 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. The inductions at the Auckland ceremony, according to the IRB, were "under the theme of Rugby World Cup founders, visionaries and iconic figures," 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.
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. This year, it was "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."
- Danie Craven, South Africa
- Pierre de Coubertin, France
- John Eales, Australia
- Gareth Edwards, Wales
- Wilson Whineray, New Zealand
- 1888 New Zealand Natives and team organiser Joe Warbrick, New Zealand
- Jack Kyle, Ireland
- Melrose Club and Ned Haig, Scotland
- Hugo Porta, Argentina
- Philippe Sella, France
- Barry "Fairy" Heatlie, South Africa
- Bennie Osler, South Africa
- Frik du Preez, South Africa
- Bill Maclagan, Scotland
- Ian McGeechan, Scotland
- Willie John McBride, Ireland
- Tony O'Reilly, Ireland
- Syd Millar, Ireland
- Cliff Morgan, Wales
- Agustín Pichot, Argentina
- Bob Dwyer, Australia
- Nick Farr-Jones, Australia
- Rod Macqueen, Australia
- Sir Nicholas Shehadie, Australia
- Roger Vanderfield, Australia
- Gareth Rees, Canada
- Barbarian F.C. and club founder William Percy Carpmael, England
- Sir Clive Woodward, England
- Serge Blanco, France
- André Boniface, France
- Guy Boniface, France
- Lucien Mias, France
- Jean Prat, France
- Mike Gibson, Ireland
- David Kirk, New Zealand
- Richard Littlejohn, New Zealand
- Sir Brian Lochore, New Zealand
- Jonah Lomu, New Zealand
- Brian Lima, Samoa
- Kitch Christie, South Africa
- François Pienaar, South Africa
- John Smit, South Africa
- Jake White, South Africa
- Cardiff RFC, Wales
- Frank Hancock, Wales
- Gordon Tietjens, New Zealand
- Ian Campbell and Donald Campbell, Chile
- Yoshihiro 'Demi' Sakata, Japan
- 1924 Romania Olympic rugby team, Romania
- 1920 and 1924 USA Olympic rugby teams, United States
- Richard Tsimba and Kennedy Tsimba, Zimbabwe
- Alfred St. George Hamersley, England
- Vladimir Ilyushin, Soviet Union/ Russia
- Waisale Serevi, Fiji
See also 
- IRB Hall of Fame: Objective irb.com
- Two inaugural inductees in IRB Hall of Fame irb.com
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- IRB Hall of Fame
- 2009 list of 19th century nominees
- 2009 list of 20th century nominees
- 2009 list of 21st century nominees
- 2008 list of 19th century nominees
- 2008 list of 20th century nominees
- 2008 list of 21st century nominees
- 2007 list of 19th century nominees
- 2007 list of 20th century nominees
- 2007 list of 21st century nominees