The World Rugby Awards were dished out last night and, not surprisingly, New Zealand dominated the prizes.
It wasn’t quite as good as last year but the All Blacks did pick up the top three awards.
England did okay with Maro Itoje being named ‘Breakthrough Player of the Year’ and Sarah Hunter getting ‘Women’s Player of the Year’
- World Rugby Player of the Year:Beauden Barrett New Zealand
- World Rugby Team of the Year: New Zealand
- World Rugby Coach of the Year:Steve Hansen New Zealand
- World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year:Maro Itoje England
- World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year:Sarah Hunter England
- World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year:Seabelo Senatla South Africa
- World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year:Charlotte Caslick Australia
- World Rugby Referee Award:Alhambra Nievas Spain and Rasta Rasivhenge South Africa
- IRPA Try of the YearJamie Heaslip Ireland
- IRPA Special Merit AwardJean de Villiers South Africa
- Award for Character: Rugby Opens Borders,Australian Rugby Union
- Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service:Syd Millar
‘Try of the Year’ was given to Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip for this spectacular number –
To be fair Jamie only had to catch and run a few yards (albeit carrying a winger on his back) – but I still think he owes some of the others a few beers!