Ronan O’Gara’s induction into the World Rugby Hall of Fame is reward for a glittering career, in which he was voted the best player over the first 15 years of European Rugby from 1995 to 2010.
In that time, the 41-year-old Irishman won the European Cup twice with Munster Rugby and amassed 1,384 points in 112 European games for the province.
The three-time British and Irish Lions fly-half is still the record points-scorer in the European Cup with 1,365 in 110 games, and guided Munster to both their successes in the competition in 2006 and 2008.
Congratulations to all five of our new World Rugby Hall of Fame inductees who will be celebrated at a special ceremony in Rugby, UK, on 12 September.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 10, 2018
First, O’Gara, who won 128 caps for Ireland, kicked 13 points to underpin Munster’s 23-19 victory over Biarritz Olympique at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in the 2006 final.
Then, two years later, he notched 11 points with his trusty right boot to inspire Munster to a 16-13 triumph against Toulouse at the same venue.
Since retiring in 2013, O’Gara has also proved successful as a coach, working with Racing 92 between 2013 and 2017 as defence coach as the French club reached the European Cup final in 2016, before moving to New Zealand as assistant coach to the Crusaders, who recently won the Super Rugby title.