Chiswick resident Alice D. Cooper talks of the “enormous honour” of being inducted into Rugby Hall of Fame

Images above: Alice D. Cooper after being inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, Alice’s Hall of Fame cap

Alice one of four pioneering women recognised for organising the first Women’s Rugby World Cup

Chiswick resident Alice D. Cooper has described being inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame for her services to the sport as an “enormous honour”, following the ceremony in New Zealand.

Alice, who is a film maker and writer, became a member of the exclusive club along with four other women who pioneered the first Women’s Rugby World Cup.

She received a ceremonial cap and a lapel pin at the private capping ceremony, which took place at the Rugby World Cup 2021 semi-finals at Eden Park in New Zealand, on 5 November. The six women were then presented to the crowd, who cheered their support.

Image above: Eden Park Stadium in New Zealand, Alice Cooper (centre) with the other hall of fame inductees prior to the ceremony

“Enormous honour”

Alice told The Chiswick Calendar:

“It was an enormous honour but great to have the presentation in the company of my peers as players as well as many of my rugby heroes.

“The best part of the day was going out onto the pitch between the exceptional semi finals to be presented to the crowd.

“Here the England captain Sarah Hunter, who’d just played an exhausting game and was debriefing her team, saw the four of us and came over to thank us personally and hugged us. A very generous gesture by her.”

The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an ‘outstanding contribution’ to the game of rugby throughout their careers, while also demonstrating rugby’s character-building values of ‘integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect’.

The other women who pioneered the Women’s Rugby World Cup and were inducted into the Hall of Fame are Deborah Griffin (England), Sue Dorrington (England), Mary Forsyth (England),

Two more inductees, including the late Kathy Flores for her work in developing women’s rugby in the USA) and New Zealand’s Fiao’o Fa’amausili, were also honoured with a place in the hall of fame.

After the ceremony, Alice was interviewed by ITV Rugby. You can watch the interview below:

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