Class of 2008 

Candidates for induction to the IRB Hall of Fame

XX Century

20.1 The 1905 All Blacks "Originals" and David ‘Dave' Gallaher (New Zealand) The first tour of a New Zealand national representative team to the British Isles, they also played in France and the United States. New Zealand, nicknamed All Blacks by the London media, won all but one (against Wales) of their 35 matches. Gallaher established himself not only as a magnificent player, but also as a great leader of men, respected by friends and foes alike. He was born in Ramelton, in county Donegal, Ireland, on October 30, 1873 and emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1878. Served in the Boer War and re-joined the Army when the First World War broke out. Suffered severe wounds at Passchendale and died on October 4, 1917. A hero in every sense of the word he played 36 games for New Zealand, though only six Tests.

20.2 William (Lord) Wavell Wakefield (Harlequins and England) (1898-1983) Nicknamed ‘Wakers', he was one of the world's great forwards and captains. Born on March 3, 1898 in Beckenham, he died on August 12, 1983 in Kendal. Knighted, he became 1st Baron of Wakefield in 1963. An RAF Pilot during the war, he became a Member of Parliament. He captained every team he played for: Harlequins, RAF, Cambridge University and England (1920-27). He won 31 caps, 13 times as captain. RFU president 1950-51. On the IRB Council from 1954-63.

20.3 George ‘HGM' Nepia (New Zealand) (1905-1986) Arguably one of the all time greats of New Zealand and the world game. Born in 1905, the year of the first All Blacks tour, he became the leading star of the second tour "The Invincibles" in 1924. Nicknamed HGM (His George Majesty) by his team-mates, he was just 19 and uncapped at the beginning of the tour in 1924. Born in Wairoa, New Zealand, on April 25, 1905, he died in Rotorua on August 27, 1986. He played in all 30 matches of the 1924-25 All Black tour - representing New Zealand in 46 games, including nine Tests at full back in total. Regarded as the archetype of the perfect full back.

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20.4 Frederick Richard ‘Fred' Allen (Linwood, Canterbury and New Zealand). The former All Black fly half (first five-eight) was born on September 2, 1920 in Oamaru. Nicknamed 'Needle', he played 21 matches for New Zealand, including six Tests at fly half. He also stared in the magnificent 2nd NZEF ‘Kiwis' team, who toured the UK after the Second World War in 1945-46. He made his debut for New Zealand in 1946 and in 1949 he captained the All Blacks in South Africa. He retired from international rugby, but went on coaching Auckland in the late 1950s. He became an All Black selector before being appointed New Zealand coach in 1966. He coached the outstanding 1967 All Blacks, who won all 14 Tests played with Allen at the helm.  

20.5 Jean Prat (Lourdes and France) (1923-2005) 'Monsieur Rugby' was born in Lourdes, he played for the local club, which under his leadership became the leading club in France. He led FC Lourdais in nine Championship finals, winning the French Championship six times in 10 years. He made his international debut at flank-forward against the British Army in a 1945 international in Paris, France's first ever match against a British team since the 1930s. After that he became a regular feature on the international scene, missing only three matches of the 54 played by France during this period - he captained his country in 16 of them. His younger brother Maurice played at centre for both Lourdes and France. He scored 145 points for France including his country's 1,000th point as he converted his brother's try. He became a selector and coached France on their 1964 tour of South Africa.

20.6 Dr. John Wilson ‘Jackie' Kyle (Queen University and Ireland) Unquestionably one of the greatest fly halves the game has ever seen. Born on January 10, 1926 in Belfast, he played at outside half for Ireland 46 times between 1947-58. He masterminded the one and only Grand Slam in Irish rugby history in 1948. He toured Australia and New Zealand with the 1950 Lions and played in all six Tests (four in New Zealand and two in Australia). He was voted one of the six best players of the year by New Zealand media.  

20.7 1950 British and Irish Lions This was the first Lions tour after the Second World War, the last to travel by boat. Skippered by Ireland hooker Karl Mullen, the tourists drew one and lost three Tests in New Zealand and won two in Australia. They played good running rugby and were popular in New Zealand. Travelled by boat, but when Lewis Jones (Wales) was called up, he flew in and became highest scorer on tour. Outstanding were backs Bleddyn Williams and Jack Matthews (Wales), Jack Kyle (Ireland) and Ken Jones (Wales) and lock Roy John (Wales). In New Zealand, they won 17, lost five and drew one. In Australia they won five and lost one. They also beat Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on the way.

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20.8 Clifford (Cliff) Isaac Morgan CVO OBE, (Cardiff and Wales) Born in Trebanog on April 7 1930. OBE 1977, CVO 1986. He retired in 1987 as head of BBC TV Outside Broadcasts, having worked in a number of jobs for the Corporation, from commentator to sports organiser for BBC Wales in 1958. He played all his career at outside half. He played 202 games, scoring 38 tries, for Cardiff 1949-1958 and Wales - winning 29 caps and scoring three tries from 1951-58, winning the Triple Crown in 1952. Morgan captained Wales four times (three wins) in 1956 and played 15 games for the 1955 Lions in South Africa (including the four Tests), scored five tries and three conversions - including try in the first Test - and captained the Lions in the third test. Toured Canada with the Barbarians in 1957 and South Africa in 1958, retiring at the end of the tour.

20.9. Lucien Mias (Mazamet and France) The short and stocky lock forward played a hugely influential role in the rise of French rugby - having introduced the concept of ‘advantage line' in the tactics. He won the first of his 29 caps against Scotland in 1951 and retired after the Irish game in 1959. A year earlier he had led France on their historic tour of South Africa in 1958, when they surprised their hosts and the world by winning the Test series. Born on September 28, 1930 at St Germaine de Calberte, he became a schoolmaster, after which he studied medicine at Toulouse and qualified as a doctor. He practiced medicine in Mazamet.

20.10 William James ‘Willie John' McBride (Ballymena and Ireland) Born on June 6, 1940 in Toomebridge, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland, he played for Ballymena and Ulster before he was selected by Ireland. Probably one of the finest forwards to have graced a rugby field, he played lock forward for Ireland 63 times between 1962-1975. He toured with the British and Irish Lions six times, once as manager, once as captain and four times as a player. He captained the Lions on their unbeaten 1974 tour of South Africa and was member of the 1971 all conquering Lions to New Zealand. In addition he toured South Africa with the 1962 and 1968 Lions and New Zealand and Australia in 1966. He managed the 1983 Lions tour to New Zealand.

20.11 Sir Brian James Lochore (Wairarapa Bush and New Zealand) Born on September 3, 1940 in Masterton, New Zealand, Brian Lochore made his senior debut in 1959, for both for his local club in Masterton and province Wairarapa-Bush. One of new Zealand's all-time greats he played international rugby at both lock forward and number 8, making his All Black debut in 1963. He captained New Zealand from the 1966 Lions tour until his retirement from international rugby in 1970. He captained New Zealand on their unbeaten tour of France and the UK in 1967 and played in total 68 games (18 Tests) for his country. Once retired he commenced coaching his provincial Union Wairararpa Bush and became a New Zealand selector in 1983. He became New Zealand coach in 1985 and led the All Blacks to the inaugural Rugby World Cup title in 1987. He was knighted (Knight Companion of New Zealand of Merit) in the Queen's Honours Lists in 1999 and was recalled as a NZ selector before RWC 2007.

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20.12 Cameron Michael Henderson ‘Mike' Gibson (North of Ireland, Ulster and Ireland) Born on December 3, 1942, Mike Gibson is arguably one of Ireland's greatest ever players, having commenced his playing career with his Belfast club ‘North of Ireland'. He played for his school "Campbell College", club and Ulster before being selected for Ireland in 1964. His extraordinary career includes three blues at Cambridge 1963-1965, 69 Tests for Ireland (40 at centre, 25 at fly half and four at wing), which was a world record at one stage, and 68 appearances (12 Tests) for the British and Irish Lions over five tours starting with 1966 to New Zealand and ending with the 1977 tour to New Zealand. He was also a member of the all-conquering Lions tours to New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974.                    

20.13 John Peter Rhys (JPR) Williams MBE, FRCS (Bridgend and Wales) A former junior tennis champion at Wimbledon in 1966, he played full back in 55 Tests for Wales (1969-80) and in eight Lions Tests. Between 1969-1981 JPR, as he became known around the world, contributed to six Wales Triple Crowns and three Grand Slams. Born in Cardiff on March 2, 1949, he started one Test for Wales in Australia as a flanker, but switched back to full back due to injury. He captained Wales in 1969 and was one of the mainstays of the 1971 and 1974 Lions teams to New Zealand and South Africa, playing in every Test and kicking the drop goal that won the series New Zealand. He missed the 1977 Lions tour in order to concentrate on his medical studies. He has retired as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and was awarded an MBE in 1977.

20.14 Hugo Porta (Banco Nacion and Argentina) He played 57 times at fly half for Argentina - 34 as captain, scoring 587 points, including 26 drop goals. Born on September 11, 1951 in Buenos Aires, he won his first cap in 1971, and was appointed captain in 1977. He also played and captained the South American Jaguars, scoring all 21 points in a Test win over South Africa. Played in the 1987 Rugby World Cup and came out of retirement in 1990. However, in 1991 he was appointed his country's Ambassador to South Africa and in 1994 became Argentina's Minister for Sport. He is now a member of the IRB Council. 

20.15 Serge Blanco (Biarritz and France) Born on August 31, 1958 in Caracas, Venezuela, he played for club and France mostly at full back, though occasionally he would play on the wing. The first of his 93 Tests acquired between 1980 and 1991 came against South Africa in Pretoria. During his career he scored 233 points, including 38 tries. He played in both 1987 & 1991 World Cups and captained France in the latter. By 1991 he was the world's most-capped player. On his retirement he became president of Biarritz and is now the Chairman of the French Professional League. 

20.16 Jean-Pierre Rives (Toulouse and France) Flanker and captain of Toulouse and France, he won 59 caps between 1975 and 1984 and was one of the finest players in his position in the world. He was born on December 31, 1952 in Toulouse, where he commenced his rugby and went on playing for the University and Stade Toulousain. A symbol of the French spirit and rugby passion, he captained France a record 34 times, winning one Grand Slam and far more significantly winning the respect and the admiration of the public and media for his bravery and fair play. A court official then a PR executive, he is now an artist (sculptor) of note. He also played for Paris RCF and had represented both the French Barbarians and the Barbarians FC.

20.17 Mark Gordon Ella MA (Randwick, NSW and Australia) One of the world's finest players he gave a new dimension to the outside half (first five-eight) play during his successful, yet brief career with the Wallabies. Born on June 5, 1959 in La Perouse, Sydney, he and his brothers (his twin Glen and Gary) started playing rugby at Matraville High School. He won 25 caps in a meteoric international career between 1980-1984 before retiring in 1984 aged only 25. He also captained Australia and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1983. He was voted the Young Australian of the Year in 1982.

20.18 David Ian Campese (Randwick, NSW, Milan and Australia) Born on October 21, 1962 at Queanbeyan, David Campese was identified early by his former Randwick and Australia coach and mentor Bob Dwyer. His brilliance earned him the universal acclaim of the media and public, despite the occasional error or disaster his high-risk playing style had generated. He won the first of his 101 Australian caps at the age of 20 in 1982, and he went on playing for 14 more years until his retirement in 1996. He held for a while the try-scoring world record with 64 tries, and was voted the player of the tournament at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, when his genius made a telling contribution to the Australian success.

20.19 Peter Squires* (England) Born in 1951, he was a wing three-quarter who played club rugby for Ripon and Harrogate RFC. A Business Development Manager for the Caledonian brewery, he played for England between 1972 and 1979, winning 29 caps, becoming the most capped English wing at the end of his career. He also played for the 1977 British and Irish Lions in New Zealand – the only English player in 1st Test line up – when Welsh rugby and their three-quarter play was so strong. Squires was one of the try scorers in England’s first and only win in New Zealand until 2003. He also played for England in their famous 23-6 win over the Wallabies at Twickenham in 1976. A regular tourist with the Barbarians, he also played first class cricket for Yorkshire County, appearing in 49 matches. (Nominated by Richard Homer)

20.20 Ian Campbell* (Prince of Wales, Chile) – Played for Prince of Wales CC- Santiago and Chile, made his international debut against Uruguay in 1948 in the first ever match between the two nations, played at the “Gimnasia & Esgrima” club at the Jorge Newbery rugby ground in Buenos Aires. It was the baptism of fire for the 20-year-old who never lost to Uruguay during his 15-year stint with the national team. In 1951 Ian Campbell led Chile to a well-deserved second place in the first ever South American Championship. In 1958, Chile, with Campbell as skipper, again finished runner-up in the 1958 South American Championship. It was a period during which Chile would regularly prevail over Uruguay and give Argentina, yet to be called Pumas, a good run for their money. In the third South American Championship in 1961, Campbell’s last year with the national team, Chile, coached by Lucho Bernabó, finished runner up to Argentina, losing 11-3 (two tries to one) after a match some observers felt Chile could and should have won. Uncharacteristically, Campbell missed five penalties which, as he acknowledged, made the difference in the final. At the time, he was described as the most skilful player in South America and a brilliant leader of men.

Patrick Hurley, Director ARUSA, Santiago, Chile added: "Ian played with my late father for the Prince of Wales Country Club First XV in 1945 and then with both my elder brothers - still with the P.W.C.C First XV - in 1969 at the age of 41. I have a photo of him with the team in which my father played and he was only  17 in 1945. I had the pleasure of playing alongside him in the 'Old Gold' veterans of team P.W.C.C. many times over the years until not long ago and he even toured the UK in 1997 with the first overseas veterans tour from Chile. He played for over 50 years, is still around the pitch watching and advising his grandchildren and his younger friends."

(Nominated by his daughter Laraine Campbell and several Chilean rugby enthusiasts)

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