LAUREUS LEGEND MORNÉ DU PLESSIS JOINS RUGBY ELITE IN WORLD RUGBY HALL OF FAME

  • South African legend Morné du Plessis inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame on 20th anniversary of historic 1995 Rugby World Cup victory
  • ‘I’m honoured and privileged, it’s not something that I would have set out to achieve’ – says Morné du Plessis
  • For pictures of du Plessis visit www.laureusarchive.com

LONDON, September 20, 2015 - Laureus Academy Member and South African rugby legend Morné du Plessis today joined a select group of players and administrators recognised for their contribution to the sport of rugby as he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

On the 20thanniversary of South Africa’s iconic 1995 Rugby World Cup win, Morné joined a host of former players and administrators for a ceremony welcoming them into the Hall of Fame prior to the New Zealand v Argentina fixture at Wembley Stadium.

Morné, who represented Western Province as a player, was first selected as Springbok Number 8 in 1971 and went on to play 22 Test matches for his country. As captain, his record leading the Springboks is second to none; 15 matches, 12 victories.

After he hung up his boots, Morné took up a role as Team Manager for the Springboks ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Here he played a central role in the management team who not only achieved glory in the tournament but also united a nation.

Most recently, Morné’s involvement in sport has been as Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa, which spreads the Laureus message of using sport as a tool for social change amongst young people across South Africa.

Reflecting upon his induction into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, Morné said: “I’m honoured and privileged, it’s not something that I would have set out to achieve but it’s great to be among so many legends of our sport.

“Looking back at 1995, the defining moment of sport in South Africa, we recently had a reunion for everyone involved in that special win and it was amazing for everyone to watch the final back. Many of them were re-watching it for the first time, it was a wonderful experience and it certainly lived up to our expectations.

“The 1995 win largely inspired a lot of the work that Laureus is doing around the world today and it really highlighted the fact that sport can be such a powerful initiator of social change.”

Deputy Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and fellow rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick honoured Morné for his achievements throughout his career and congratulated him on his induction, saying:

Morné has been at the centre of one of the most defining moments in the history of our sport, and one which inspires the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. As we say at Laureus, sport has the power to change the world. Morné has lived this message throughout his career and fully deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.”

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation uses the power of sports such as rugby to address social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Laureus supports more than 150 projects worldwide and since its inception in 2000 has raised over €85 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.

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Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. Laureus is composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Academy, Laureus Sport for Good and the Laureus World Sports Awards - which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change. The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, he said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” This has become the philosophy of Laureus; the driving force behind its work. The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy are: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Cafu, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Yaping Deng, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, David Douillet, Rahul Dravid, Luis Figo, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick (Chairman), Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Häkkinen, Tony Hawk, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Mike Horn, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Dan Marino, Yao Ming, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Li Na, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Alexey Nemov, Jack Nicklaus, Brian O’Driscoll, Alessandro Del Piero, Gary Player, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raúl, Steve Redgrave, Vivian Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Sachin Tendulkar, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt, Li Xiaopeng and Yang Yang. The Laureus Academy Members volunteer their services as global ambassadors for Laureus Sport for Good, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. Laureus Sport for Good addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people. The mission of Laureus Sport for Good is to use sport as a means to combat some of the toughest social challenges facing young people today such as violence and crime, discrimination, unemployment, lack of education and health threats including HIV/AIDS and obesity. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury – 60 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today. The Awards are presented at an annual Awards Ceremony, attended by global figures from sport and entertainment, which is broadcast to 160 countries and territories. The Awards continue to support Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does with athletes and partners to transform the lives of individuals and promoting to a global audience the power of sport as a development tool to combat challenging social issues. Laureus was founded by its Patrons Richemont and Daimler and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz is the inventor of the automobile – and has been passionately shaping its future since 1886. As pioneers in automotive engineering, it is both our inspiration and responsibility to continue the tradition of the brand with trailblazing technologies and high-quality products. Like no other trademark in the automotive world, Mercedes-Benz appeals to both the hearts and minds of its customers. We give our very best for customers who expect the very best. Since the founding fathers Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, our corporate history has been one of innovation and pioneering achievements. Many technical innovations that are nowadays standard in automobiles first entered the market in a Mercedes-Benz. This is the basis for our claim to leadership in automotive engineering. The brand stands for Modern Luxury, and enjoys an outstanding reputation for quality, safety, comfort, design and comprehensive, sustainable mobility. IWC SchaffhausenWith a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people and maintains partnerships with organisations dedicated to climate and environmental protection.

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