Bok RWC winners honoured
Brenden Nel - SuperSport
Johannesburg - It may be New Zealand’s moment in the limelight, but the Springbok victories in 1995 and 2007 have been honoured as the captains and coaches of Rugby World Cup winning teams were inducted into the International Rugby Board’s Hall of Fame on Monday.
This year the IRB has decided to induct all the winning coaches and captains of the six Rugby World Cups past among a glittering array of stars at this year’s awards.
Thus former Springbok coach Jake White and past captains John Smit and Francois Pienaar will join an illustrious group of players already in the hallowed ranks. Bok coach Kitch Christie, architect of the 1995 World Cup victory will also be inducted posthumously.
This year’s list, which also includes World Cup legends like Brian Lima, Agustin Pinochet and New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, will also see the most famous face of Rugby World Cups - Jonah Lomu - also join the list of legends on the roll of honour.
NEW RUGBY WORLD CUP INDUCTEES
A) Winning RWC captains and coaches
David Edward Kirk, MBE (New Zealand)
Sir Brian James Lochore ONZ, KNZN, OBE (New Zealand)
Nicholas Campbell ‘Nick’ Farr-Jones (Australia)
Robert “Bob” Dwyer (Australia)
Jacobus Francois Pienaar (South Africa)
George Moir ‘Kitch’ Christie (1940-1998) (South Africa)
John Eales (already inducted)
Roderick ‘Rod’ McQueen (Australia)
Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (England)
Sir Clive Ronald Woodward OBE (England)
John William ‘John’ Smit (South Africa)
Jacob Westerduin ‘Jake’ White (South Africa)
B) RWC legends
Brian Lima (Samoa)
Agustin Pichot (Argentina)
Gareth Rees (Canada)
Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
Gordon Tietjens (New Zealand)