O'Gara becomes 12th Irishman inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame
Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara has taken his place in the pantheon of rugby's all time greats, becoming the 139th player receive the accolade.
O'Gara is now the 12th Irishman to be inducted, behind Brian O'Driscoll, Basil Maclear, Fergus Slattery, Tom Kiernan, Keith Wood, Ronnie Dawson, Mike Gibson, Syd Millar, Tony O'Reilly, Willie-John McBride and Jack Kyle.
The Munster man won 130 international caps during a prestigious career, and will long be remembered by fans for scoring the winning drop goal to secure Ireland's first Grand Slam in 61 years in 2009.
An @IrishRugby legend with 128 caps and a record 1,083 points to his name. Ronan O'Gara was one of the very best to grace a rugby pitch, and he enters the #WorldRugbyHOF today! pic.twitter.com/0E5WUOXf9F— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) September 12, 2018
Since retiring, he spent four and a half seasons as a coach with Racing 92 before joining the Crusaders last January.
The New Zealand side won the Super Rugby title last month.
"It's pretty spectacular. I didn't know what to expect," he said.
"It wasn't on the radar. Every young boy dreams of playing for their country for the first time. It's amazing though when you get into it, you get overcome with positive thoughts and you end up here today.
"It's a great day for me and my family, your primary school, your secondary school, Munster, Ireland, the Lions, Racing, the Crusaders. A lot of people have made me get here.
"I'm smart enough to realise I played a team sport and I'd an awesome pack of forwards in front of me that made me look good. I'll be thinking about those guys this morning, especially one or two guys who aren't still with us."
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