The induction of 12 international stars of rugby marked the formal opening of Rugby towns’ premier visitor attraction
Photographs by Jamie Gray
Twelve legends of the game were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the physical visitor experience in Rugby, England on 17 November.
Four England players, three Welshmen, a Scot, an Irishman, a Japanese legend, an Australian and a Canadian were honoured at the ceremony, which was also attended by a host of other rugby luminaries as the Hall of Fame establishes a physical home for the very first time.
The full list of new inductees (with induction number and country) is:
Brian O’Driscoll (121, Ireland), Shane Williams (122, Wales), Jeremy Guscott (123, England), Lawrence Dallaglio (124, England), Heather Moyse (125, Canada), John Dawes (126, Wales), GPS Macpherson (127, Scotland), Arthur Gould (128, Wales), Jonny Wilkinson (129, England), Daniel Carroll (130, Australia and USA), Daisuke Ohata (131, Japan) and Maggie Alphonsi (132, England).
Confirmation of the class of 2016 takes the grand total of inductees to 132 with each celebrated and profiled within a physical experience in the birthplace of the game that is fully-interactive, immersive and delivered in multiple languages.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, who was in attendance at the induction ceremony this week, said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game.
“The latest set of inductions includes some real legends, players who have helped to shape the image of rugby and inspire generations of fans. They are truly some of the biggest names in our sport and all have contributed immensely to the enjoyment we have all felt watching top-level rugby over the decades. Each of these 12 inductees has made a positive impression on the sport that will last the test of time.
“While the Hall of Fame has been in existence for some years, it is exciting that finally it will have a permanent home and fitting that it should be in the town that gave our game its name, Rugby. The physical Hall of Fame will be a wonderful focal point for the game and will attract fans from all over the world to relive the great exploits of rugby’s most prominent and talented individuals.”
Visit the Hall of Fame
Experience rugby’s greats and the moments that defined the sport at the new, state-of-the-art World Rugby Hall of Fame.
Take an inspirational journey through time using the latest HD touch-screen technology, from the game’s humble origins to its global present played by 7.73 million men, women and children.
Learn about all 121 World Rugby national unions, understand the variations of the sport and discover the moments that created professionalism, Olympic inclusion and the values that unite the sport from community to elite level.
Open 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm on Sunday’s.