Woodman’s Ferns 7s on the shortlist
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Rugby World Cup Sevens champions and Commonwealth Games Gold medallists, Portia Woodman’s Black Ferns Sevens, along with the All Blacks Sevens, and the world No 1 ranked All Blacks, are all nominated for the New Zealand team of the year.
Elsewhere the Crusaders, Auckland and Thames Valley are shortlisted for a new national team of the year award, New Zealand Rugby announced after revealing the nominations for the 2018 ASB Rugby Awards.
Woodman’s coach Allan Bunting (Black Ferns Sevens) joins Steve Hansen (All Blacks), and Clark Laidlaw (All Blacks Sevens) on the shortlist for one of the coach of the year award categories.
As well, Woodman’s teammates are up for a host of awards in a variety of categories on the night.
Also notable is recent Far North arrival Aroha Savage as a nominee for the best women’s rugby player of the year award.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Chief Executive Steve Tew said 2018 had been another special year for rugby in providing the nation with moments of pride and cause for celebration with New Zealand teams in dominant form in the international arena.
“The All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens are the first teams to win back to back Rugby World Cup Sevens titles in addition to gold at the Commonwealth Games.
“The Black Ferns retained the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy, the Canterbury women’s team secured back to back wins, along with the Crusaders winning the Investec Super Rugby championship for a second year, Auckland won the Mitre 10 Cup for the first time since 2007, and the All Blacks have secured every trophy they have contested this year.”
The judging panel features Graham Mourie, Matt Sexton, Mike Eagle, Dr Farah Palmer and Tony Johnson.
The winners will be announced at the 2018 ASB Rugby Awards, being held at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre on Thursday, December 13.
The event will be broadcast on Sky Sport.
2018 ASB Rugby Awards nominees
Player of the year, Mitre 10 Heartland Championship: Craig Clare (Wanganui), Brett Ranga (Thames Valley), Willie Wright (South Canterbury); age grade: Sam Darry (Canterbury), Tom Christie (Canterbury), Risaleaana Pouri-Lane (Tasman), Kaleb Trask (Bay of Plenty); Super Rugby: Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs), Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders), Matt Todd (Crusaders); Tom French Memorial for Ma¯ ori players: Sarah Goss (Nga¯ ti Kahungunu), (Nga¯ puhi/ Te Wha¯ nau a¯ Apanui), Codie Taylor (Nga¯ ti Raukawa/ Muau¯ poko); Richard Crawshaw Memorial, All Blacks Sevens: Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty), Vilimoni Koroi (Otago), Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty); Black Ferns Sevens: Michaela Blyde (Bay of Plenty), Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty), S Goss (Manawatu); women’s: Kendra Cocksedge (Canterbury), (Counties Manukau), Selica Winiata (Manawatu); Kelvin R Tremain Memorial: K Cocksedge, R Mo’unga, Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay), C Taylor (Canterbury); Duane Monkley Medal: TJ Faiane (Auckland), Luke Romano (Canterbury), Fletcher Smith (Waikato); Fiao’o Faamausili Medal: K Cocksedge, Krysten Cottrell (Hawke’s Bay), Jackie Patea-Fereti (Wellington).
COACH of the year, national: Alama Ieremia (Auckland), Kieran Kite (Canterbury Women), Scott Robertson (Crusaders); international: Allan Bunting (Black Ferns Sevens), Steve Hansen (All Blacks), Clark Laidlaw (All Blacks Sevens).
TEAM of the year: Auckland, Crusaders, Thames Valley, New Zealand: All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, Black Ferns Sevens.
Sky Television fans’ try of the year finalists: Kelly Brazier (Black Ferns Sevens), Chris Hala’ufia (St Peter’s College), Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders); Referee of the year: Glen Jackson (BOP), Richard Kelly (Taranaki), Rebecca Mahoney (Bush); Volunteer of the year: Irene Eruera-Taiapa (Horowhenua Kapiti), Steve Webling (Taranaki), Kim Wheeler (King Country). Steinlager Salver for outstanding contribution to rugby and NZRPA Kirk Award will be announced on December 13 .