Rugby Players Ireland announced yesterday that Lansdowne Man, Conor O’Shea, will be inducted into the BNY Mellon Rugby Players Ireland Hall of Fame at the Zurich Irish Rugby Players Rugby Awards night on May 15th at the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road. Voted for by retired Irish rugby professionals, O’Shea joins the likes of Keith Wood (2004), Anthony Foley (2009), Ronan O’Gara (2016), and Brian O’Driscoll (2018) in an illustrious list of previous inductees.
In response Conor said:
“The landscape of rugby has drastically changed since I first became involved. It has been a pleasure to have played my part and see it grow at first-hand into the global game we see today. I have many great memories from my playing career that I still cherish. It was a privilege to play for my country and in so many great sides alongside people that remain my friends to this day.
“Having hung up my boots almost 19 years ago, it is very humbling to be remembered and recognised by the Irish rugby community in this way,” O’Shea added. “I chose to pursue my professional ambitions in England, and I am immensely proud of what I achieved in my career there. But as an Irishman, it brings me great pleasure to see how the game has grown in this country. Having my own experience of rugby elsewhere, it is abundantly clear that organisations such as Rugby Players Ireland are an invaluable asset to the game here. Their work off the field, helps to ensure that Irish rugby continues to thrive on it.”
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Source: Rugby Players Ireland