The World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby, England, was the setting for a sold out ‘Evening of Rugby with Sir Clive Woodward’ on 14 March in the first of a series of events at the permanent exhibition based in the birthplace of the sport.
The Rugby World Cup 2003-winning coach shared his experiences from a playing career which included 21 caps for England and two caps for the British and Irish Lions before going on to coach both sides.
The event was hosted by Sky Sports presenter Alex Payne in front of a packed house, which included the Rugby School 1st XV team. Woodward participated in a highly engaging question and answer session with the audience, followed by a signing session.
The 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.
Woodward was the 42nd inductee to the Hall of Fame in 2011, part of a Rugby World Cup-themed induction of winning coaches and captains, legends and administrators during the World Rugby Awards in Auckland a day after the RWC 2011 final.
This was the first time that Woodward has visited the physical World Rugby Hall of Fame and before the event he took time to walk around and see the exhibits, including Martin Johnson’s suit from RWC 2003 which he shared a story about.
There are now 142 inductees to the Hall of Fame, which was initiated in 2006.
The World Rugby Hall of Fame is a partnership between Rugby Borough Council, World Rugby and Tudor, which celebrates the legends, the history and the spirit of the game through state-of-the-art HD touchscreen technology.
Also housing historic rugby memorabilia, the attraction has brought thousands of visitors and a host of Hall of Fame inductees to the birthplace of the game.
The exhibition is currently being updated to include new artefacts from inductees and unions and a special section on Japan ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019.
For more information about the World Rugby Hall of Fame, the Annual Entry Pass and Corporate Pass visit www.world.rugby/halloffame.