IRB Hall of Fame – Induction No.91 – Keith Gerard Mallinson Wood (Ireland & British & Irish Lions) 1972-
One of seven legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in London on 17 November 2014. These inductions represent the incorporation into the IRB Hall of Fame following the acquisition of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
Born: 27 January, 1972 in Limerick, Ireland
Keeping Keith Wood quiet in a match was a nigh on impossible task. The man from Munster just loved to be involved at every opportunity from first whistle to the last, whether that was scrummaging, tackling, carrying the ball from deep, hitting the line at pace or even kicking out of hand.
Hard-as-nails with all the physical attributes required of a front row forward plus the skills of a back, the shaven-headed hooker became a talisman for Ireland and the British & Irish Lions in his nine-year international career. These qualities added to his prowess as an orator combined to make Wood a fine leader of men who captained his country with distinction.
Wood was capped 65 times by Ireland and appeared in three Rugby World Cups as well as touring twice with the Lions. At RWC 1999 he scored four tries against the USA Eagles to equal the record for most tries by a forward in a single Rugby World Cup match