Irish hero Gibson honoured to join Hall Of Fame
Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00
Former Ireland and Lions great Mike Gibson has been inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall Of Fame, writes Hugh Farrelly.
Gibson (right), who won 69 caps for Ireland following his debut as a 21-year-old in 1964 and was selected for five Lions tours, was presented with a commemorative cap and gold pin by IRB chairman and former international colleague Syd Millar.
"It is an honour to be inducting a man whom I had the great pleasure of playing alongside for Ulster and Ireland. Mike Gibson was one of the finest players of his generation, one of the finest players ever to represent Ireland and the Lions and a man who epitomised the very ethos of the game and its values," said Millar, who was himself inducted into the Hall Of Fame two years ago.
"It is an honour to be recognised amongst an illustrious list of greats," said Gibson. "I consider rugby to be the greatest team sport and I must give thanks to all my team-mates with whom I trained and played. Without them this would not have been possible."