Miller & Horgan Touching Down in the Hall of Fame
Rugby Players Ireland is thrilled to announce the induction of two illustrious figures into the prestigious Rugby Players Ireland Hall of Fame. Taking place on Friday, November 10th, the lunch event promises an afternoon of celebration and reminiscing as the rugby community pays homage to the outstanding careers of Shane Horgan and Alison Miller.
The Rugby Players Ireland Hall of Fame boasts a distinguished lineage of inductees, including iconic names such as Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, Fiona Coghlan and Tommy Bowe. These luminaries represent the epitome of excellence in Irish rugby, and their contributions have played a pivotal role in transforming Ireland into a global powerhouse of the sport.
Capped 65 times by his country, Shane Horgan enjoyed a remarkable 13-year career that coincided with the transformative journey of the Irish Rugby landscape. A towering figure on the wing, Horgan scored 21 tries as Ireland claimed three Triple Crowns and finally began to discard the label of perennial also-rans. On the domestic stage, Horgan was the first Leinster player to reach a landmark 200 caps. Since making his debut in 1998, he went on to win a brace of Celtic League and Heineken Cup honours. He was also a British & Irish Lions tourist in 2005.
A key member of the 2013 Grand Slam winning team, Alison Miller’s place in the annals of women’s rugby has long been secure owing to her record breaking 10-year career. With 24 tries in 47 appearances, Miller was a feared presence in the both the XVs, while her prowess in the 7s games was similarly noteworthy and undoubtedly paved the way for future generations of female rugby players. A Six Nations winner once again in 2015, the Ballickmoyler native will always be fondly remembered for her contribution to Ireland’s historic pool triumph over New Zealand in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The induction ceremony promises to be a memorable occasion, bringing together Ali and Shane’s families, their teammates and the wider rugby community to celebrate their enduring legacies, providing a platform for them to reflect on their exceptional careers, and shed light on some of the stories that have entertained and inspired a generation.
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