IRB Hall of Fame

IRB Hall of Fame

Not to be confused with International Rugby 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.[1] 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.[2]

The second induction to the IRB Hall of Fame took place in Paris on October 21, 2007, the night after the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.[3] The next induction was in London on November 23, 2008.[4]

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.[5]

For 2011, induction ceremonies were held at various locations around the world,[6][7] 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.[8] The inductions at the Auckland ceremony, according to the IRB, were "under the theme of Rugby World Cup founders, visionaries and iconic figures,"[8] 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.[9]

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."[10]











19th century 20th century


19th century
  • 19.1. Edinburgh Academy and Merchiston Castle School* (Scotland)
  • 19.2. Joseph Arthur Gould (Wales)
  • 19.3. Melrose Club and Ned Haig (Scotland)
  • 19.4. Blackheath RC and Francis M. Campbell (England)
  • 19.5. Alfred St. George Hamersley KC (Can)
  • 19.6 The 1888/89 Maoris and Joseph Astbury 'Joe' Warbrick (New Zealand)
  • 19.7 Lennard Stokes (Blackheath & England)
  • 19.8. William Percy 'Tottie' Carpmael (Blackheath and Barbarians)
  • 19.9. Francis Escott ‘Frank' Hancock (Cardiff and Wales)
  • 19.10 Rev. Frank Marshall (England)
  • 19.11 Liverpool St Helens RFC (England)

Twentieth century
  • 20.1 The 1905 All Blacks "Originals" and David ‘Dave' Gallaher (New Zealand)
  • 20.2 William Wavell Wakefield (Harlequins and England)
  • 20.3 George ‘HGM' Nepia (New Zealand)
  • 20.4 Frederick Richard ‘Fred' Allen (Linwood, Canterbury and New Zealand)
  • 20.5 Jean Prat (Lourdes and France)
  • 20.6 Dr. John Wilson ‘Jackie' Kyle (Queen University and Ireland)
  • 20.7 1950 British and Irish Lions ()
  • 20.8 Clifford (Cliff) Isaac Morgan CVO OBE, (Cardiff and Wales)
  • 20.9. Lucien Mias (Mazamet and France)
  • 20.10 William James ‘Willie John' McBride (Ballymena and Ireland)
  • 20.12 Cameron Michael Henderson ‘Mike' Gibson (North of Ireland, Ulster and Ireland)
  • 20.13 John Peter Rhys (JPR)
  • 20.14 Hugo Porta (Banco Nacion and Argentina)
  • 20.15 Serge Blanco (Biarritz and France)
  • 20.16 Jean-Pierre Rives (Toulouse and France)
  • 20.17 Mark Gordon Ella MA (Randwick, NSW and Australia)
  • 20.18 David Ian Campese (Randwick, NSW, Milan and Australia)
  • 20.19 Peter Squires* (England)
  • 20.20 Ian Campbell* (Prince of Wales, Chile)
Twenty-first century
  • 21.1 Philippe Sella (France)
  • 21.2 Jonah Tali Lomu MNZM (New Zealand)
  • 21.3 Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (England)
  • 21.4 Vernon Pugh (Wales)
  • 21.5 Jake White (South Africa)


19th century
  • 19.1 William “Bill” E Maclagan (Scotland) (1858–1926)
  • 19.2 Randolph L Aston (England) (1869–1930)
  • 19.3 John ‘Johnny’ Hammond & Dr. Thomas ‘Tommy’ J Crean
  • 19.4 Barry H. ‘Fairy’ Heatlie (South Africa) (1872–1951)
  • 19.5 Herbert Hayton Castens (South Africa) (1864–1929)

20th century
  • 20.1 Charles Henry 'Cherry' Pillman (England, Lions) (1890–1955)
  • 20.2 Jeffrey 'Jeff' Butterfield (England, Lions) (1929–2004)
  • 20.3 James T 'Jim' Greenwood (Scotland, Lions)
  • 20.4 Sir Anthony Joseph Francis 'Tony' O'Reilly (Ireland, Lions)
  • 20.5 Clifford 'Cliff' Isaac Morgan CVO OBE (Wales, Lions)
  • 20.6 William James 'Willie John' McBride (Ireland, Lions)
  • 20.7 Phil 'Benny' Bennett (Wales, Lions)
  • 20.8 John Peter Rhys 'JPR' Williams MBE, FRCS (Wales, Lions)
  • 20.9 Graham Price MBE (Wales, Lions)
  • 20.10 Francis Edward 'Fran' Cotton (England, Lions)
  • 20.11 August Frederick 'Oubaas' Markötter (South Africa) (1878–1957)
  • 20.12 Paul Johannes 'Oom Polla' Roos (South Africa) (1880–1948)
  • 20.13 William A "Billy" Millar (South Africa)
  • 20.14 Benjamin Louwrens 'Bennie' Osler (South Africa) (1901–1962)
  • 20.15 Matthys Michael 'Boy' Louw (South Africa) (1906–1988)
  • 20.16 Augustus Cristoffel 'Chris' Koch (South Africa) (1927–1986)
  • 20.17 Johannes Theodorus 'Johan' Claassen (South Africa)
  • 20.18 Keith Oxlee (South Africa)
  • 20.19 Frederick Christoffel Hendrick 'Frik' du Preez (South Africa)
  • 20.20 Johannes Frederick Klopper 'Hannes' Marais (South Africa)
  • 20.21 John Leslie Gainsford (South Africa)
  • 20.22 Jan Hendrick Ellis (South Africa)
  • 20.23 Thomas Pleydell 'Tommy' Bedford (South Africa)
  • 20.24 Morné du Plessis (South Africa)

21st century
  • 21.1 Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (England)
  • 21.2 Ian Robert ‘Geech’ McGeechan (Scotland)
  • 21.3 Joost van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

See also


External links

  • 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