Six rugby legends - Richie McCaw (New Zealand), Shiggy Konno (Japan), Os
du Randt (South Africa), Peter Fatialofa (Samoa), Graham Henry
(New Zealand) and Diego Ormaechea (Uruguay) - are to be inducted into
the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
The World Rugby Hall of Fame
recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the
game of rugby throughout their careers, while also demonstrating
rugby's character-building values of integrity, passion,
solidarity, discipline and respect.
This year’s inductees will be honoured at the
World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on 3 November, the day following the
Rugby World Cup 2019 final.
While Fatialofa and Konno will be inducted
posthumously, McCaw, Henry and Ormaechea will attend the
prestigious event, which will celebrate their careers and
contributions to the game.
These six inductees bring the total in the Hall
of Fame to 148 since it began in 2006.
World Rugby Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee
Sir Bill Beaumont said, “Our beloved game of rugby would not be
what it is today without the contributions of remarkable
trailblazers, men and women, who form the World Rugby Hall of
Fame. They are players and coaches, true legends of the game that
have embodied our values and will continue to inspire generations
to come. On behalf of the rugby family, I would like to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of this
year’s six new inductees, Richie McCaw, Shiggy Konno, Os du Randt,
Peter Fatialofa, Graham Henry and Diego Ormaechea for their
outstanding career and thank them for their immense footprint on
our game. We look forward to honouring them in November
at what promises to be a very special night.”
2019 Inductees’ Biographies
Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
Born: 31 December,
1980 in Oamaru, New Zealand World Rugby Hall of Fame – Inductee
One of the greats of the modern game and the
only person to have captained a side to two Rugby World Cup wins,
in 2011 and 2015.
McCaw’s playing record speaks for itself. After
making his debut as a 20-year-old against Ireland in 2001, the
Crusaders star went on to become New Zealand's most-capped player
with 148 test appearances to his name, of which 110 were as
captain – more than double that of the previous record holder Sean
Fitzpatrick. Having captained his country for the first time
against Wales in 2004, he was given the honour on a permanent
basis in 2006.
Exceptional at the breakdown and a fine link
player in attack, McCaw enjoyed a long-held reputation as the best
openside in the world. His return of 27 test tries is the most by
an All Blacks forward.
Despite being a three-time recipient of the
World Rugby Player of the Year award (2006, 2009 and 2010) – a
record he shares with long-time team-mate Dan Carter – and the
many other accolades that came his way during a stellar career,
McCaw remained incredibly humble, a hallmark of the team he led to
seven Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship titles in addition to the
Rugby World Cup double.
For the Crusaders, he won four Super Rugby
titles – three as captain.
Shigeru ‘Shiggy’ Konno (Japan)
Born: 7 July,
1922 | Died: 1 April, 2007 World Rugby Hall of Fame – Inductee
Few individuals can have made as large a
contribution to rugby in their own country than Shiggy Konno, who
was awarded an honorary OBE by Her Majesty The Queen in 1985 for
his services to the game and helping to improve Anglo-Japanese
A lock, Konno played for Doshisha University
from 1942-47 but was deprived of an international career because
of World War Two, in which he served as a pilot.
Having learnt to speak perfect English during
his early schooling in London, Konno was the ideal choice to be
liaison officer when Oxford University visited Japan in 1952. So
began an unrivalled career in rugby administration that saw him
referred to affectionately as Japan’s Mr Rugby.
Konno was Japan
national team manager on nearly all their overseas tours from
1963-90, and at the first two Rugby World Cups in 1987 and 1991.
He was appointed honorary secretary of the Japan
Rugby Football Union in 1962 and went on to serve as chairman,
from 1972-94, and president as well as holding many prominent
roles within the Asian Rugby Football Union.
For a decade, from 1991-2001, he was an
executive member of the International Rugby Board’s Council,
assisting the game in its transition from the amateur to
Konno died on 1 April 2007 at the age of 84
with his funeral was held in Zojoji Temple in Tokyo, the head
temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism in the Kanto region.
Os du Randt (South Africa)
Born: 8 September,
1972 in Elliot, Eastern Cape, South Africa World Rugby Hall of
Fame – Inductee No.145
Os du Randt retired from the game at
the very top in 2007 having won a second Rugby World Cup, the only
Springbok to do so, following South Africa’s 15-6 victory over
England in the final at the Stade de France in Paris.
Regarded as one of the finest loose-head props
of all time, Du Randt won the first of his 80 international caps
in 1994, the year before South Africa’s historic triumph on home
soil, and was the last active member of that iconic squad.
Du Randt, or ‘The Ox’ as he was nicknamed during
his playing days, was sidelined through injury from 2000-03 but
returned to the Springboks’ ranks against Ireland in Bloemfontein
in June 2014, thus ending a five-year absence from the
The fact that he missed 46 matches during his
time away makes Du Randt’s final tally of test caps all the more
remarkable and until being overtaken by John Smit in late 2008,
the revered prop held the record as South Africa’s most-capped
Aside from his Rugby World Cup successes he was
also able to get his hands on the Tri-Nations trophy in 2004, as
well as enjoying a successful provincial and Super Rugby career in
his native South Africa.
Peter Fatialofa (Samoa)
Born: 26 April, 1959
in Auckland, New Zealand | Died: 6 November, 2013 World Rugby Hall
of Fame – Inductee No.146
A prouder individual never wore the Samoan
jersey than the man affectionately known in rugby circles as
The all-action prop captained the Islanders when
they achieved a breakthrough win against Wales on their Rugby
World Cup debut in 1991, shocking their hosts and the rest of the
world with a 16-13 victory in which he gave the final pass for
Sila Vaifale’s match-winning try.
Under his inspirational leadership Western
Samoa, as they were then known, went on to reach the
quarter-finals and they did so again in South Africa four years
later when he shared the captaincy with Pat Lam.
A fun-loving character who lived life to the
full, Fatialofa was a hugely influential role model for Polynesian
players throughout the Islands and in his birthplace of Auckland,
New Zealand. He was a cornerstone of the Auckland pack that held
the Ranfurly Shield from 1985-93 and a stalwart of the Ponsonby
After retiring with 34 caps to his name, the
gentle giant worked as a director of his family-owned piano and
furniture moving business, and was coaching the Samoan women's
rugby team when he died of a heart attack, aged just 54, in
Graham Henry (New Zealand)
Born: 8 August,
1946 in Christchurch, New Zealand World Rugby Hall of Fame –
Having won multiple provincial and Super Rugby
titles with Auckland and the Blues, Graham Henry cut his teeth in
international rugby by leading Wales from 1998-02. A run of 11
consecutive wins earned him the title of “The Great Redeemer” but
it is his time with the All Blacks that made him an immortal of
the coaching world.
Henry holds the rare distinction of coaching for
and against the British and Irish Lions, losing one series while
in charge of the tourists, against Australia in 2001, and winning
the other as All Blacks head coach in 2005, the year after he
succeeded John Mitchell in the role.
Named World Rugby Coach of the Year in 2005
after his 3-0 series win over the Lions in 2005, an accolade he
would win a further four times in 2006, 2008, 2010-11, Henry set
about bringing the Webb Ellis Cup back to New Zealand. A shock
quarter-final defeat to France ended that dream in 2007 but Henry
stayed in position to deliver the prize four years later on home
On 1 November, 2011, Henry announced he would
step down as coach, finishing his All Blacks career as one of the
most successful rugby coaches of all time with 88 wins from 103
tests. Following his knighthood for services to rugby in 2012,
Henry remained involved in the sport through a variety of
consultancy coaching roles, including a spell with Argentina.
Diego Ormaechea (Uruguay)
Born: 19 September,
1959 in Montevideo, Uruguay World Rugby Hall of Fame – Inductee
Considered the greatest Uruguayan player of
all-time, the powerful number eight enjoyed a wonderful
international career spanning exactly two decades, from 1979-99.
The last of Ormaechea’s 54 caps came against
South Africa at Rugby World Cup 1999 when he became the oldest
player, aged 40 years and 26 days, to appear in the tournament, a
record he still holds to this day.
Ormaechea captained Los Teros in 37 of his
tests, scoring 30 tries from the back of the scrum, including
Uruguay’s first in a Rugby World Cup match, against Spain at
Netherdale in Galashiels in 1999.
On his retirement from playing, Ormaechea, a
racehorse veterinarian surgeon by profession, took his will to win
and unbridled passion for the game into coaching and under his
command, Los Teros qualified for RWC 2003 in Australia, where they
achieved their second tournament win, 24-12 against Georgia.
Not that Ormaechea’s exploits on and off the
field would ever be forgotten in Uruguay but his legacy lives on
in the modern era through his sons Ińaki, Agustín and Juan Diego
Ormaechea, who have both followed their father’s footsteps in
representing their country.
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