Thursday 12 December 2019

Ireland legend Keith Wood inducted into IRB Hall of Fame

Keith Wood scored 15 tries for Ireland which remains a world record for a hooker. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Keith Wood scored 15 tries for Ireland which remains a world record for a hooker. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
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Former Irish hooker Keith Wood has been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

Capped 58 times for Ireland, Wood was also the inaugural winner of the IRB Player of the Year back in 2001.

The teak-tough hooker captained Ireland 36 times and scored 15 tries - which remains a world record for a hooker - and appeared in three Rugby World Cups as well as touring twice with the Lions. Wood is the seventh Irish player to be included in the IRB Hall of Fame, joining Jack Kyle (2008), Willie John McBride, Syd Millar, Tony O'Reilly (all 2009), Mike Gibson (2010) and Ronnie Dawson (2013).

Hall of fame inductees: Nathalie Amiel (France), Gill Burns (England), Patty Jervey (USA), Carol Isherwood (England), Anna Richards (New Zealand), Farah Palmer (New Zealand), Keith Rowlands (Wales), Jim Greenwood (Scotland), JPR Williams (Wales), Michael Lynagh (Australia), Jo Maso (France), Keith Wood (Ireland), Ieuan Evans (Wales), Jason Leonard (England) and Bill Beaumont (England).

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