We have always been huge fans of rugby and are delighted to have teamed up again with the RPA to support the latest ‘legend’ award at the RPA dinner next week where we will see Sir Clive Woodward inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame. The RPA Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the RPA Players’ Board for having made an outstanding contribution to the international game.
The mastermind behind England’s World Cup triumph in 2003, Sir Clive will be honoured at the RPA Players’ Awards 2018 in association with England Rugby, taking place on Wednesday 9th May at Battersea Evolution, London.
Sir Clive will join an illustrious list of previous inductees, including Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Sir Ian McGeechan, Gareth Edwards, Brian O’Driscoll, Jason Robinson and the 2017 inductee Dan Carter.
On receiving the news, Sir Clive said: “It is a great honour to be inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame, alongside some wonderful players and personalities who have contributed so much to the game. I still consider myself a player first and a coach second. It was my experiences as a player that have shaped my approach to coaching. I still view the game through a player’s eyes and I am sure that is why I love the game now as much as ever. I would like to thank Damian and the RPA for their tireless support to players and for this great honour. I would also like to thank all those team mates, players, coaches, colleagues and friends who have made rugby so special for me.”
RPA Group CEO, Damian Hopley, said: “Sir Clive remains the only Northern Hemisphere coach to lift the Webb Ellis Cup and his achievements with the national side have rightfully enshrined his place in English rugby history. Many of the infamous class of ’03 have been inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame and it is rightly fitting that Sir Clive joins them.”
RISE CEO – Gareth Stapleton said: “We are thrilled to be part of such a huge event rubbing shoulders with such sporting legends. We have been supporting RPA for a number of years and are honoured to be part of such a great team”