Date set for World Rugby Hall of Fame opening

World Rugby's chief executive Brett Gosper and Rugby Borough Council leader Michael Stokes when the deal to bring the Hall of Fame to the birthplace of the game was announced. NNL-161210-165839001
World Rugby's chief executive Brett Gosper and Rugby Borough Council leader Michael Stokes when the deal to bring the Hall of Fame to the birthplace of the game was announced. NNL-161210-165839001

The date has been set – World Rugby’s Hall of Fame will have its official opening on Thursday, November 17 and the doors will then be open to the public from Friday, November 18.

“Rugby is the spiritual home of the game, so we are delighted that through the partnership of Rugby Borough Council and World Rugby the town will also be home to a world-class visitor attraction celebrating the sport in all its forms and at all levels,” said leader of the council, Michael Stokes.

The free-of-charge immersive experience will offer visitors a journey through time. It will be almost totally interactive, using the latest HD touch-screen technology.

It will tell the story of the game, from its humble origins to its global present played by 7.73 million men, women and children.

Visitors can also learn about all 121 World Rugby national unions, understand the variations of the sport and discover the moments that created professionalism, Olympic inclusion and the values that unite the sport from community to elite level.

It will also feature in local educational programmes.

The Hall of Fame started in 2006 and a further 12 of the sport’s greats will be inducted at the Hall of Fame’s opening within the current library, art gallery and museum building.

World Rugby chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Bill Beaumont said: “The Hall of Fame will celebrate the great players and moments as well as outlining the history of the sport from Rugby School and Webb Ellis to Rugby World Cup 2015.

“It is exciting to tell Rugby’s story in the place that carries such unique importance to our sport.”