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Ireland's Keith Wood inducted into IRB Hall of Fame

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Ireland's David Wallace (background) celebrates team-mate Keith Wood try against England in 2001

Ireland's David Wallace (background) celebrates team-mate Keith Wood try against England in 2001

Ireland's David Wallace (background) celebrates team-mate Keith Wood try against England in 2001

Legendary 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 his 36 occasions and scoring 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.

At the 1999 Rugby World Cup, he scored four tries against the USA Eagles to equal the record for most tries by a forward in a single RWC match.

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).

Wood is one of fifteen legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame this year. This latest inductions include the first women to enter the Hall of Fame as well as some greats of the men's game.

The new inductions are: 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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