The list of inductees into the World Rugby Hall of Fame is to reach 132 as twelve more are added to the list.
To celebrate the official opening of the physical visitor experience in England later this week, the dozen will be inducted in a special ceremony.
Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll is among the inductees – the ex-Leinster centre represented his country 133 times over the course of a fifteen-year international career which yielded two Six Nations titles. He also went on four Lions tours (captaining them in 2005) and won three Heineken Cups and one Challenge cup with his province.
O’Driscoll becomes the eleventh Ireland player to be inducted, following in the footsteps of Jack Kyle, Willie John McBride, Syd Millar, Tony O’Reilly, Mike Gibson, Ronnie Dawson, Keith Wood, Basil Maclear, Fergus Slattery and Tom Kiernan.
Four England players have also found themselves on the list. Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallaglio, both members of the impressive World Cup-winning squad in 2003 (with the latter winning IRB player of the year after that campaign), are both to be inducted, as is former Bath centre Jeremy Guscott.
Maggie Alphonsi, meanwhile is one of two female inductees. The former Saracens flanker, who retired in 2015 in order to focus on qualifying for the Rio Olympics in shot put, was part of the dominant England side that claimed six Grand Slam Six Nations titles in seven years.
Former Wales winger Shane Williams, who also retired in 2015, is also in. The ex-Neath RFC and Ospreys winger received an MBE in 2012, and was part of Wales’ Grand Slam-winning Six Nations sides in 2005 and 2008.
Rounding off the list are John Dawes and Arthur Gould of Wales, Scotland’s GPS Macpherson, Daniel Carroll of Australia and USA, Japan legend Daisuke Ohata and Canada’s Heather Moyse.
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