Former England Head Coach inducted into Rugby Players Association (RPA) Hall of Fame ahead of end of season awards.
Former Rugby World Cup winning Head Coach Sir Clive Woodward has been inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame.
The former England boss will be honoured by the Rugby Players Association (RPA) at the end of season awards on the 9th of May.
Sir Clive will join the distinguished company of Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Sir Ian McGeechan, Gareth Edwards, Brian O'Driscoll and Dan Carter.
The 62-year-old has enjoyed extensive success in his career within the sporting world, leading England to a famous World Cup victory in 2003, three Six Nations titles (including one Grand Slam), 22 consecutive victories at Twickenham, 14 consecutive victories home and away against Southern Hemisphere opponents and a key role in the success of the 2012 London Olympics.
As a player, Sir Clive amassed 21 caps for England and two tours with the British and Irish Lions. The former centre started his club career with Harlequins, spent six years with Leicester Tigers and finally, finished a 16-year playing career in Sydney Australia with Manly.
“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," said Woodward. "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.”
The RPA Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the RPA Players' Board for having made an outstanding contribution to the international game.