10/25/2011

Jake White inducted to IRB Hall of Fame


Brumbies Head Coach Jake White has been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in recognition of his work with the 2007 World Cup winning Springboks team.

White led the team from rags to riches lifting the cup just years after languishing down the world rankings.

“It’s a tremendous honour for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, particularly given the other big names who I find myself with here today,” White said.

“The challenges that international coaches and captains face in winning a world cup are monumental, so to be recognised for that hard work is very rewarding.

“It’s something that I will look back on in years to come with pride. I’d like to thank the IRB for this honour and commend the rest of our 2007 World Cup winning team for the way they played the game and gave it everything during that tournament.”

Along with White, all the other Captains and Coaches from the World Cup winning teams were inducted as well as Gareth Rees, Agustín Pichot, Brian Lima and Jonah Lomu.

IRB Awards - 2011, in Auckland

IRB PLAYER OF THE YEAR, IN ASSOCIATION WITH EMIRATES AIRLINE - THIERRY DUSAUTOIR France's captain claims the biggest prize of the night for outstanding performances in 2011, culminating in a man-of-the-match performance in the final of RWC 2011.

IRB TEAM OF THE YEAR - NEW ZEALAND
The Rugby World Cup 2011 champions deservedly claim the IRB Team of the Year award.

IRB COACH OF THE YEAR - GRAHAM HENRY
The All Black coach guided his team to their first RWC success in 24 years.

IRB JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR - GEORGE FORD
The Leicester Tiger was an integral member of the England under 20 team that made it to the final of the IRB Junior World Championship 2011.

IRB SEVENS PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH HSBC - CECIL AFRIKA
Cecil Afrika lit up the HSBC Sevens circuit with his combination of pace and vision.

And the final group of IRB Hall of Fame inductees have all left an indelible mark on Rugby World Cup - Gareth Rees, Agustín Pichot, Brian Lima and Jonah Lomu.

The second group of IRB Hall of Fame inductees are the Rugby World Cup-winning captains (minus John Eales, already an inductee) and coaches - David Kirk, Nick Farr-Jones, Francois Pienaar, Martin Johnson CBE, John Smit, Sir Brian Lochore, Bob Dwyer, Kitch Christie, Rod Macqueen, Sir Clive Woodward OBE, JAKE WHITE.

The first group of inductees to the IRB Hall of Fame were instrumental in the creation of Rugby World Cup. They are - Dr Roger Vanderfield, Richard Littlejohn, Sir Nicholas Shehadie, John Kendall-Carpenter

IRPA TRY OF THE YEAR - RADIKE SAMO
Radike Samo wins the IRPA Try of the Year for his solo effort against New Zealand in the Tri Nations, when he burst through an attempted Adam Thomson tackle before outpacing the covering defence to score.

IRB SPIRIT OF RUGBY AWARD - WOODEN SPOON
Bill Hill from the Wooden Spoon collects the IRB Spirit of Rugby Award for an organisation that does a huge amount of charitable work in the UK.

IRB WOMEN'S PESONALITY OF THE YEAR - RUTH MITCHELL
The award goes to the Director of Development at the Hong Kong Rugby Union, Ruth Mitchell.

IRPA SPECIAL MERIT AWARD - GEORGE SMITH

IRB REFEREE AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE - KEITH LAWRENCE
Former international referee, NZRU referee manager and IRB Sevens referee manager Keith Lawrence receives the IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service.

VERNON PUGH AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE - JOCK HOBBS
Former All Black and key NZRU administrator Jock Hobbs receives this year's Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service.

IRB DEVELOPMENT AWARD - ROOKIE RUGBY, USA
President USA Rugby Bob Latham collects the first award of the night in recognition of his Union's efforts at attracting young people to rugby in the USA.