IRISH rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Warwickshire.
With just 11 players so far included on the list, the former Irish centre earned the privilege two years after his retirement having scored 245 points in 133 international caps.
The 37-year-old tweeted it was a ‘proud day’ after the event, which was held on Thursday in the market town of Rugby, the recognised birthplace of rugby football.
Also joining O’Driscoll in the sport’s Hall of Fame on the night were Shane Williams, Jeremy Guscott, Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallalgio.
— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) November 17, 2016
Meanwhile, O’Driscoll’s other half - actress Amy Huberman - was unable to join her husband on the night, but took to Instagram to wish him well with a typically amusing post.
To the naked eye, this may look like I'm ACTUALLY there but alas no! So proud of my other half being inducted in to The World Rugby Hall Of Fame today. I've recreated an incredibly lifelike tribute from a hall of... well, just like a regular hall really. Congrats @13rianodriscoll ?
A photo posted by Amy Huberman (@amy_huberman) on
Since retiring in 2014, O’Driscoll has become an ambassador for Irish rugby and is one of the key figures leading Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Ireland are down to the last three nations in the candidates along with France and South Africa.
The selection process will run from now until November 2017, when World Rugby will decide on the outcome.