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Ulster legend Syd honoured with top World Rugby award

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 15/11/2016

Rugby great: Syd Millar has won a top accolade
Rugby great: Syd Millar has won a top accolade

Ulster legend Syd Millar's massive contribution to the sport has been recognised by World Rugby with the Vernon Pugh award for distinguished service. The Ballymena, Ulster, Ireland and Lions prop has had a lengthy career as a player, coach and administrator.

He won 37 caps for Ireland and a further nine for the Lions on three different tours.

The coach of Ireland between 1973 and 1975, Millar was key in the masterminding of the undefeated 1974 Lions tour to South Africa.

Retiring at 45, he was manager of the inaugural 1987 World Cup and was made World Rugby chairman in 2003.

He is one of only 11 Irishmen in the World Rugby Hall of Fame where he will next week be joined by Brian O'Driscoll.

"The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game," said current World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, the former England skipper.

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