Tuesday, June 12, 2007

IRB Hall of Fame noms

Canada's Gareth Rees has been shortlisted as a 2007 IRB Hall of Fame nomination.

Rees is one of twelve nominations in the 20th century category. Only two of the twelve nominations will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Rees has his work cut out for him to make that induction ~ he's up against giants of the game including Dannie Craven, George Nepia, Gareth Edwards and Sir Wilson Whineray. The nomination, nevertheless, has to be pretty special for Rees. After all, he got nominated whilst arguably the greatest All Black of all time - Colin Meads - was passed over. What is up with that??!!

You can find more info about the nominees and vote by clicking here.

Last year saw the first inductions into the Hall by the IRB. They inducted William Webb Ellis (preposterous) and Rugby School. They would have done better to induct an inaugural class of 5 to 10 players, of which Meads should have been at-or-near the top of the list.

Note: The IRB Hall of Fame is different than the more thorough International Rugby Hall of Fame.



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