Ben Kay says it is a “huge honour” to be inducted in the Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame.
The former Leicester Tigers second row was a six-time Premiership title winner as well as playing in two European Cuyp-winning teams and England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup success.
Now a member of the board of directors at the club and as media pundit, Kay was among five former England internationals added to the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London on Thursday.
Nick Easter, Kyran Bracken, Steve Borthwick, and Jason Robinson were formally welcomed into the Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame alongside Kay.
All five former players saw their careers celebrated at the event with money also being raised for two of Premiership Rugby’s official charities – Sport Relief and Restart Rugby.
Restart Rugby is the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association, and RPA member Ed Jackson was also in attendance to deliver a moving talk about the importance of the organisation’s work.
Kay, who made 177 Premiership appearances for Tigers, said: “It’s a huge honour for me.
“Sometimes when you’re playing you don’t get a chance to reflect on the really happy moments when you achieve something. So it’s great to get to reflect on your own career, and a huge honour to be alongside all these guys that I was lucky enough to play against and are heroes of mine.
“I’m actually delighted to get inducted at the same time as Steve Borthwick. We played against each other an awful lot and he was one of the major reasons why I got better!”