World Rugby have announced this morning that they have inducted five new members into the hall of fame.
One of those is Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara who is currently an assistant coach with the Crusaders in New Zealand.
The other four inductees are Liza Burgess (Wales), Stephen Larkham (Australia), Pierre Villepreux (France) and Bryan Williams (New Zealand).
The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the game of rugby throughout their careers, while also demonstrating rugby’s character-building values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect.
O’Gara, Villepreux, Williams and Burgess will attend and be honoured at a special ceremony in Rugby, England on September 12 while Larkham due to his commitments for The Rugby Championship, will receive his accolade a day before Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 10, 2018
These five inductees bring the total in the Hall of Fame to 142 since it began in 2006.
World Rugby Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Bill Beaumont said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame importantly acknowledges and celebrates the true legends of the game, celebrating those who have made outstanding contributions throughout their careers while embodying rugby’s values.
“On behalf of the rugby family, we would like to congratulate this year’s five new inductees, Stephen Larkham, Ronan O’Gara, Pierre Villepreux, Byran Williams and Liza Burgess as they are recognised and honoured for their immense contributions to rugby.
“Each have left their mark on the sport and through their achievements and character, inspired millions to play and support rugby worldwide, and we look forward to honouring them in the coming weeks.”