All Blacks 1970s star Sir Bryan Williams to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

All Blacks 1970s star Sir Bryan Williams is among five rugby legends who'll be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame this year.

World Rugby has announced tonight that Sir Bryan, along with Liza Burgess of Wales, Australia's Stephen Larkham, Ronan O’Gara of Ireland and Pierre Villepreux of France will be honoured with the induction at a special ceremony in Rugby, England, on September 12. 

Sir Brian was one of the first Pacific Islanders to become an All Black, when he was selected in 1970 as a wing.

He distinguished himself in the 1970 South African Rugby Tour where he scored 14 tries in his 13 appearances, and in the international series he scored in each of the first and fourth Tests. 

Williams' international rugby career lasted from 1970 to 1978 in which he played 113 matches and scored 66 tries in all matches as an All Black, which was a record until beaten by John Kirwan.

Sir Bryan is a past president of the NZRU and has coached club sides in New Zealand and the Samoan national team.

He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours, for services to rugby.

Sir Bryan, O’Gara, Villepreux, and Burgess will attend the prestigious induction event, which will celebrate their careers and contributions to the game. 

Larkham, due to his involvement in The Rugby Championship, will receive his accolade at a special ceremony on August 17 in Sydney, the day before Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand. 

The five inductees bring the total in the Hall of Fame to 142 since it began in 2006.

A lunch was organised at the Auckland stadium by the NZ Rugby Barbarians.
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Christchurch's rugby fever still at an all-time high as sell-out crowd turns up for All Blacks' trial game

Rugby fever is again at an all-time high in Christchurch with the All Blacks taking on Canterbury and Otago in tonight's game of three halves.

Despite the Super Rugby Final being held at AMI Stadium less than a week ago, the power of the black jersey has pulled fans through the gates to make it a sell-out event.

"It's absolutely fantastic," fan Brad Tindall said.

"The opportunities don’t come around much in Christchurch so as soon as we heard about it, we were here."

The first match features Canterbury and Otago before the provincial teams take on the All Blacks one after the other.

The game of three halves is being played against players from Otago and Canterbury. Source: 1 NEWS



On this day: Infamous beer-bellied pitch invader Piet van Zyl tackles referee in All Blacks clash with Boks

It's one of the most famous pitch-invading tales in rugby's history.

Sixteen years ago today Springboks fan Piet van Zyl made his way onto the pitch to tackle Irish referee David McHugh during a Tri-Nations Test between the South Africans and All Blacks in Durban.

The pot-bellied pitch invader was incensed by McHugh's decisions during the match and decided he needed to know about it, dragging him to the ground and dislocating the ref’s shoulder in the process.

However, van Zyl was then greeted by AJ Venter and Richie McCaw, who was in just his ninth Test.

The pair, along with a couple more Springboks, dragged van Zyl away from McHugh, but the damage was already done with English touch judge Chris White forced to take over the match.

The All Blacks went on to win the clash 30-23 and van Zyl was given a lifetime ban by the South African Rugby Union from attending any matches they controlled.

He was fined NZ$330 and charged with assault to do grievous bodily harm and trespassing.

McHugh on the other hand made a successful return to the game, officiating for another two years before hanging up his whistle in 2004.