O’Gara Among Five New Inductees Into World Rugby Hall Of Fame

Ronan O'Gara's great week gets better as Ireland legend is inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours, for services to rugby.

Williams receives the honour for "an outstanding contribution to the game of rugby", a World Rugby statement said, and for "demonstrating rugby's character-building values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect".

Sir Bryan Williams has been named as inductee number 141.

World Rugby has announced tonight that Sir Bryan, along with Liza Burgess of Wales, Australia's Stephen Larkham, Ronan O'Gara of Ireland and Pierre Villepreux of France will be honoured with the induction at a special ceremony in Rugby, England, on September 12.

Fellow World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee and 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".

O'Gara will be the 139th entrant into the Rugby Hall of Fame. Adding to this, O'Gara is the sixth most-capped and the fourth highest points scorer in the history of test rugby - and Ulster's highest scorer of all time.

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On the worldwide front, O'Gara won 128 caps for Ireland where he won three Triple Crowns and most famously, sealed the Grand Slam in 2009 with that dramatic drop-goal in Cardiff. When he finally called time on his Irish career he was the sixth most-capped player in global rugby.

The three-time British and Irish Lions fly-half is still the record points-scorer in the European Cup with 1,365 in 110 games, and guided Munster to both their successes in the competition in 2006 and 2008.

He further won two Heineken Cups, three Pro 14s and the Celtic Cup with his province.

A superb reader of the game, a move into coaching was the natural course of action for O'Gara once he hung up his boots.

Earlier this week, O'Gara lead the Crusaders in New Zealand to the Super Rugby title as their backs coach, where he was widely praised for his influence in the team.

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