FIVE more legends of rugby – including Grand Slam-winning former England international Rob Andrew – were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on Friday (November 10).
The high-scoring fly-half was joined by Argentina’s Felipe Contepomi, Canadian Al Charron, Frenchman Fabien Pelous and the USA’s Phaidra Knight as the Class of 2017 assembled in the birthplace of the game, accompanied by the Webb Ellis Cup.
This year’s induction ceremony coincided with the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour, which will take the famous trophy to 18 countries between now and the start of the 2019 tournament.
Opening the ceremony, World Rugby Chairman and Hall of Famer Bill Beaumont said: “While the Hall of Fame has been in existence for many years, it was just 12 months ago that we opened a permanent home for it in the town that gave our game its name, Rugby.
“The physical Hall of Fame is proving to be a wonderful focal point for the game and is attracting fans from all over the world to relive the great exploits of rugby’s most prominent and talented individuals.”
Rugby Borough Council leader Coun Michael Stokes said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame tells the story of the greatest moments in the history of the sport, just a few yards from where it all began here in Rugby. I look forward to seeing some iconic moments from the careers of these five new Hall of Famers added to the displays.”
Rob Andrew, who scored 396 points during his 12-year England career, said: “To have had the privilege of playing for some wonderful clubs has been life-changing. To have played for my country and the British and Irish Lions has given me enormous pride and I can only hope the game continues to prosper and grow and others enjoy their time in rugby as I have.”