Gareth Rees, born in Duncan, named to Hall of Fame

Born in Duncan and raised in Victoria, Gareth Rees last week became the first rugby player named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Rees represented Canada in the 1987, 1991, 1995 and 1999 World Cups, and served as captain for the last two. He played 25 test matches for Canada from 1987 to 2001.

In 2007, the International Rugby Board named him as one of the top 12 players in the world for the 20th century, and in 2011, he and Samoa’s Brian Lima became the first players from nations outside the traditional top tier of the sport inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

Rees was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.