Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Proud day': Brian O'Driscoll honoured with induction into the World Rugby Hall of Fame

Laura Larkin

Published 17/11/2016 | 18:51

Brian O’Driscoll has joined a handful of rugby legends who have been inducted into the world rugby hall of fame.

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The former Ireland centre (37) who retired in 2014 joined Shane Williams, Jeremy Guscott, Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallalgio in being inducted.

Just 11 players have so far been included in the Hall of Fame.

O’Driscoll scored 245 points in 133 caps for Ireland.

After the event in Warwickshire, England, the former star tweeted: “Proud day today being inducted into the Hall of Fame with so many greats.”

His other half, actress Amy Huberman, was unable to attend the ceremony but showed her support from home.

In a funny homage to her husband, the Can’t Cope Won’t Cope star posed with a rugby ball adorned with a picture of her husband’s face.

“To the naked eye, this may look like I’m ACTUALLY there but alas no!

“So proud of my other half being inducted in to The World Rugby Hall Of Fame today,” she wrote.

“I’ve recreated an incredibly lifelike tribute from a hall of... well, just like a regular hall really. Congrats”

O’Driscoll was on hand earlier this week to help launch Ireland’s bid for the rugby world cup.

“[It] is probably the biggest tournament that we’re capable of hosting,”  he said.

“We’re not going to get an Olympics, we’re not going to get a soccer World Cup, this is definitely where we’re probably going to max out, but we could do a phenomenal job at it, I really think that.

“We don’t want to deliver an OK tournament; we want to deliver a tournament that will send people away thinking that’s been an improvement on the last one. The difference in Ireland will be that no one will talk about anything else in the six months building up to it, in the seven weeks of the tournament and in the aftermath as well.”

The ex-international, who has played all over the world, believes Ireland’s famous ‘Failte’ will give us the edge over competing nations.

“Our unique selling point is obviously that people love coming to Ireland because of the welcome they get,” he said.

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