Hastings and Bedell-Sivright to be inducted into IRB Hall of Fame

Two Scots are set to be inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition on Monday 18 November.

Gavin Hastings (Cambridge University, Watsonians and London Scottish), capped 61 times between 1986 and 1995 for his country and a British & Irish Lions captain, and David Bedell-Sivright (Cambridge University, West of Scotland and Edinburgh University) will be joined by nine other rugby greats. Bedell-Sivright won 22 caps for Scotland between 1900 and 1908 and toured with the British & Irish Lions in 1903 and 1904.

Taking place on at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the IRB Hall of Fame ceremony will be the eighth of the series and induct a total of 11 legends of the Game under the theme “The British & Irish Lions and Australia.”

The six Australian inductees are: Thomas Lawton Senior, John Thornett, Ken Catchpole, Mark Ella, David Campese and George Gregan. The other five inductees are Robert Seddon and the 1888 British team, David Bedell-Sivright, Bleddyn Williams and Jack Matthews, Ronnie Dawson and Gavin Hastings.

For the first time, the IRB Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place alongside the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, guaranteeing a star-studded line-up including many high-profile names from the world of international Rugby, and the newly-inducted Ronnie Dawson, Gavin Hastings, Mark Ella and George Gregan.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The 2013 inductions include pioneers and playing greats from the Lions v. Australia series, who have not only excited but inspired many generations of players, fans and coaches.”

“The IRB Hall of Fame honours those that have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to Rugby as well as rewarding Unions and other organisations that have contributed so much to growing our sport around the world.”

“With these exciting inductions taking place alongside the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, I look forward to welcoming the international Rugby community to Dublin for what will be a spectacular celebration of Rugby and those that have contributed so much to our sport over the years.”

The inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition has been created to become a leading forum to discuss the emerging topics in the international Rugby community in the lead up to Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014, Rugby World Cup 2015 and the return of Rugby to the Olympic Games programme in 2016.