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Australian Rugby today congratulated six Australians who will be inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in Ireland next month. Thomas Lawton, John Thornett, Ken Catchpole, David Campese, Mark Ella and George Gregan will be inducted at the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition on 18 November 2013.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver congratulated the players.
“It’s an incredibly proud time for Australian Rugby to see six of our finest players recognised on the international stage – the achievements of Thomas, John, Ken, David, Mark and George continue to inspire the current generation of players and we thank them for their service to Rugby,” said Mr Pulver.
The six Australians will join Robert Seddon and the 1888 British team, David Bedell-Sivright, Bleddyn Williams and Dr Jack Matthews as the inductees into the IRB Hall of Fame for 2013.
Other Australians already inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame include players Sir Nicholas Shehadie, Rod Macqueen, Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales; referee Roger Vanderfield; and coach Bob Dwyer.
· Thomas Lawton – Played 14 Tests for Australia in the 1920 and 1930s as flyhalf, including seven as Captain and is often credited with developing Australia’s running style of Rugby.
· John Thornett – Prop and flanker who played 37 Tests for Australia, including 16 as an inspirational Captain during an 11 year career from 1955.
· Ken Catchpole – Regarded as one of Australia’s greatest scrumhalfs and played 27 Tests, including 13 as Captain between 1961-1968.
· David Campese – A winger and fullback who played 101 Tests and scored 64 tries between 1982-1996 and is widely recognised as one of the best running backs of his generation who created his signature ‘goose step’.
· Mark Ella – Flyhalf with natural flair and vision on the field who played 25 Tests, including 10 as Captain between 1980-1984 and scored a try in each of the four Tests during Australia’s winning Grand Slam Tour of 1984.
· George Gregan – Resilient scrumhalf who played 139 Tests for Australia, including 59 as Captain and was part of Australia’s 1999 Rugby World Cup winning team.