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Former Ireland and Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara is to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018.
Former Ireland and Munster back Ronan O'Gara is to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018.The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport and O'Gara is one of five inductees who will be honoured at a special ceremony on September 12.
Liza Burgess (Wales), Stephen Larkham (Australia), Pierre Villepreux (France) and Bryan Williams (New Zealand) will also be inducted to the Hall of Fame.
O'Gara made 128 appearances for Ireland and is still the country's leading point scorer with 1,083 points in his career, including the famous drop goal to secure the 2009 Grand Sla,
At provincial level he made his Munster debut in 1997 and was a member of the team that won the Heineken Cup in 2006 and 2008.
Following his retirement he became a coach at Racing 92 before leaving Paris at the end of 207 to take up a similar role with Crusaders in New Zealand.
“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," World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said.
“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.”
Chairman of the Hall of Fame panel John Eales added: “It is an honour to recognise the contribution of our newest inductees who, over different eras, have inspired generations of rugby players and supporters. Through their induction, they represent the many thousands of men and women who have made our game great.”
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