Ronan O'Gara Set To Have Rugby's Highest Honour Bestowed Upon Him

Rex Christensen
August 13, 2018

The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the game of rugby throughout their careers, while also demonstrating rugby's character-building values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect.

Australian World Cup victor Stephen Larkham, Pierre Villepreux of France, former All Black Bryan Williams and ex-Wales captain Liza Burgess will also be recognised for their achievements.

Sir Bryan Williams has been named as inductee number 141.

Larkham, due to his involvement in The Rugby Championship, will receive his accolade at a special ceremony on August 17 in Sydney, the day before Australia's Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand.

And despite retiring as a player in 2013, O'Gara has just picked up another gong for his stellar on-field career after World Rugby announced him as the 139th inductee into their Hall of Fame.

Speaking about the latest inductees, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: "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".

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The Cork man earned 128 caps for Ireland in a 13-year global career and is the country's all-time record points scorer (1083).

First, O'Gara, who won 128 caps for Ireland, kicked 13 points to underpin Munster's 23-19 victory over Biarritz Olympique at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in the 2006 final.

It's a fitting tribute for Ireland's second most-capped player because his list of accomplishments is astonishing.

A three-time tourist with the British and Irish Lions, O'Gara is also the leading points scorer in European Cup history - having played a starring role in Munster's historic European Cup successes in 2006 and 2008.

This comes as more good news for the Corkman in a huge week as his Crusaders successfully defended their Super Rugby title on Saturday, capping his first year in New Zealand as assistant coach on a high.

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