Irish half-back legends Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer have been honoured by their peers in recognition of their rugby exploits.
Scrum-half Stringer, still playing in the English top flight at the age of 38, was named Sale Sharks’ Player of the Year on April 27.
He’s helped his current side to fifth place in the Aviva Premiership, playing more than 1200 minutes this season.
A day after Stringer received this accolade, his long-term partner behind the scrum was inducted into the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association Hall of Fame.
O’Gara, the leading points-scorer for Ireland and Munster, joins the likes of David Humphreys, David Wallace and Anthony Foley.
The Corkman, who took part in three British and Irish Lions tours, said he was honoured to be joining the pantheon of great Irish rugby players.
“It was a very nice surprise to get the call from the IRUPA to inform me that the past players of Ireland had voted for me,” he said.
“I have had the honour to play with incredible players throughout my career and without their drive and support I would not have had the career that I did.”
O’Gara is now employed as the kicking coach at French side Racing 92.
Working alongside All Black legend Dan Carter, the former stand-off has been part of a coaching team that has masterminded Racing’s advance to the Champions’ Cup final.