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Induction into Rugby Hall of Fame a real honour: Ronan O'Gara

By Robert Jones

Ronan O'Gara will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Zurich Irish Rugby Players' Awards on May 4 in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Burlington Road.

The iconic former Lions, Ireland and Munster fly-half will join an illustrious group including Anthony Foley, David Humphreys, David Wallace, Girvan Dempsey and Eric Elwood.

O'Gara's professional career spanned an incredible 17 years, amassing 128 international caps. He will be remembered for his sublime last-minute drop-goal against Wales, securing Ireland's first Grand Slam in 61 years.

O'Gara said: "It was a very nice surprise to get the call from IRUPA to inform me that the past players of Ireland had voted for me to be inducted into the BNY Mellon Hall of Fame.

"I had the honour to play with incredible players and without their drive and support I would not have had the career that I did. I am very honoured to be in amongst legends of Irish Rugby."

IRUPA CEO, Omar Hassanein, believes O'Gara will be remembered as one of the best. He said: "Ronan's passion for his province and country and his love for the sport was evident each time he stepped on the field.

"His career is littered with moments of genius, however beneath that was a relentless work ethic and a will to succeed. He was a leader both on and off the field. Ronan is one of the few players of this great game that has inspired a generation of children to pick up a rugby ball."

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