Former Leicester Tigers wing Winston Stanley has been inducted into the Canada Rugby Hall of Fame.
A Heineken Cup winner with Tigers in 2001, Stanley has been announced among the new additions to the Canadian Hall of Fame which was established to “honour and preserve rugby’s culture and heritage in Canada by recognising the extraordinary achievements of rugby participants throughout our country.”
Stanley played for James Bay AA, University of BC, Kats, British Columbia and the national team, making his Sevens and Test debut for Canada in 1994 as a 19-year-old.
His Hall of Fame citation said: “Winston’s world-class pace and ball-handling skills at wing, centre and full-back made him a premier player for Canada throughout his international career. He would play in three Rugby World Cups in 1995, 1999 and 2003.
“By the time he retired following the 2003 RWC, Winston had earned 66 caps and was Canada’s leading try-scorer with 24.”
In eight years on the Sevens circuit, he played in the Rugby World Cup Sevens (1997, 2001) and Commonwealth Games (1998, 2002).
As well as winning a Premiership title and Heineken Cup in 2001 with Tigers, Stanley also played professionally at Blackheath, Worcester Warriors and Leeds Tykes.
Canada’s other Hall of Fame inductess included the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup team who reached the Final against England; former women’s captains Leslie Cripps and Moira Shiels; and Josée Lacasse, veteran of three women’s World Cups and the first Canadian woman selected to the All-World team.