Doors open to all after Hall of Fame launch

The spectacular view in the evening after the launch of the Hall of Fame. Photo @GettyImages.   NNL-161118-163951001
The spectacular view in the evening after the launch of the Hall of Fame. Photo @GettyImages. NNL-161118-163951001
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It was a great day yesterday, Thursday, when the World Rugby Hall of Fame was launched with a star-studded grand opening and induction of 12 more greats of the game

It was a day to be proud of living in the birthplace of the game as so many big names arrived for a special celebration of this world-leading attraction.

Ieuan Evans of Wales and Shane Williams of Wales look at the museum during the induction at the launch of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Photo @GettyImages. NNL-161118-164106001

Ieuan Evans of Wales and Shane Williams of Wales look at the museum during the induction at the launch of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Photo @GettyImages. NNL-161118-164106001

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We celebrate the greats who have inspired generations of players and fans with their feats on rugby field around the world.

“We also celebrate formalising the link between the sport’s beginnings in Rugby with World Rugby as the game’s governing body.

“Through this partnership with our friends and colleagues in Rugby and the support of the people of this great town, we hope to welcome the world to rugby the sport and Rugby the town and inspire the next generation of players and supporters.”

The project, jointly delivered by World Rugby and Rugby Borough Council, is the first of its kind and, being fully interactive, will provide a living, breathing educational experience for visitors and local schools, through dedicated learning programmes.

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “I am thrilled to have been able to welcome so many greats from the game of rugby to the birthplace of the game for their induction today.

“The World Rugby Hall of Fame brings a world-class visitor attraction to the town that gave the game its name, and I look forward to welcoming visitors from across the world when it opens its doors for the first time tomorrow.”

Yesterday’s event was private but if you’ve been along today, let us know what you think by emailing: Richard.howarth@jpress.co.uk