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Thu 12 Dec 2019 | 12:49

Clean sweep for Savea at NZ Rugby Awards

Clean sweep for Savea at NZ Rugby Awards
Thu 12 Dec 2019 | 12:49
Clean sweep for Savea at NZ Rugby Awards
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AWARDS: Ardie Savea collected three awards at this year’s NZ Rugby Awards in Auckland.

Savea picked up Kelvin R Tremain Memorial award for the overall Player of the Year, bookending a year of consistently remarkable performances from the All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward.

Savea, who underwent knee surgery on Thursday and was not able to attend the award ceremony, was named the Super Rugby Player of the Year, the All Blacks Player of the Year (new award), before being crowned as the Kelvin R Tremain Player of the Year award which was won last year by Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge.

Savea reached a new level of play in 2019, starting eight of the All Blacks 10 Test matches, and he showed strength and versatility across the back row. Savea was a monster presence on the field in attack – often taking defenders for a ride – and on defence – he displayed a freakish ability to turnover crucial ball at the breakdown.

Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Hirini won the Tom French Cup for Māori Player of the Year, the first woman to do so in the 70 year history of the award.

Three-peat Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson won his first National Coach of the Year Award, while the 10-time champions won a consecutive adidas National Team of the Year award.

Black Ferns Sevens Co-Coaches Allan Bunting and Cory Sweeney were named New Zealand Coaches of the Year, and the Black Ferns Sevens were crowned the New Zealand Team of the Year for a second consecutive year.

Tyla Nathan-Wong was named Black Ferns Sevens Player of the Year, while her skipper Sarah Hirini (Ngāti Kahungunu) was named the Tom French Memorial Māori Player of the Year.

Tone Ng Shui (Tasman) was named the Richard Crawshaw Memorial All Blacks Sevens Player of the Year. Charmaine McMenamin (Auckland) collected her first Black Ferns Player of the Year Award following a prolific try-scoring 2019.

Rugby World Cup 2019 referee Paul Williams won his first New Zealand Referee of the Year Award.

TJ Perenara’s thrilling sideline-skating try during World Cup 2019 was voted by fans as the Fans Try of the Year.

New Zealand Rugby Chair Brent Impey congratulated all award winners.

“It has been a wonderful and successful year right across rugby. It has been a remarkable year again for the Black Ferns Sevens and the Crusaders who have won coach and team awards.

“I am delighted that 70 years after the Maori Player of the Year award was first presented in 1949 to Johnny Smith of North Auckland, Sarah Hirini becomes the first woman to lift the Tom French Cup. She is a player whose strength and leadership on the field, make her an appropriate winner of this award.

“As for Ardie, what an absolute pleasure he has been to watch this year. Both as a Hurricane and an All Black, this young man has been in sublime form and we hope to see much more of him next year.

“Congratulations to all winners this evening – they deserve their accolades and we welcome them to the history books.”

NZ Rugby Award Winners 2019

Fan’s Try of the Year
TJ Perenara

New Zealand Rugby Referee of the Year
Winner: Paul Williams
• Rebecca Mahoney (Wairarapa Bush)
• Ben O’Keeffe (Wellington)

Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Ian Spraggon (Bay of Plenty)
• Sue Mitchell (Taranaki)
• Kevin Pulley (Wellington)

NZRPA Kirk Award
Winners: Josh Blackie, Seilala Mapusua & Hale T-Pole

Steinlager Salver for an Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Rugby
Steve Tew

New Zealand Rugby Age Grade Player of the Year
winner: Fletcher Newell (Canterbury)
• Zach Gallagher (Canterbury)
• Tupou Vaa’i (Taranaki)

Mitre 10 Heartland Championship Player of the Year
Winner: Josh Clark (North Otago)
• Campbell Hart (Whanganui)
• Robbie Smith (North Otago)

Duane Monkley Medal
Winner: Chase Tiatia (Bay of Plenty)
• Gareth Evans (Hawke’s Bay)
• Salesi Rayasi (Auckland)
• Fletcher Smith (Waikato)

Fiao’o Faamausili Medal
Winner: Chelsea Bremner (Canterbury Women)
• Ayesha Leti-I’iga (Wellington)
• Patricia Maliepo (Auckland)

National Coach of the Year
Winner: Scott Robertson (Crusaders)
• Andrew Goodman (Tasman, Crusaders) and Clarke Dermody (Tasman)
• Kieran Kite (Canterbury)

New Zealand Coach of the Year
Winner: Cory Sweeney and Allan Bunting (Black Ferns Sevens)
• Steve Hansen (All Blacks)
• Glenn Moore (Black Ferns)

Super Rugby Player of the Year
Winner: Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)
• Scott Barrett (Crusaders)
• Brad Weber (Chiefs)

Tom French Memorial Māori Player of the Year
Winner: Sarah Hirini (Ngāti Kahungunu)
• Ash Dixon (Ngāti Tahinga)
• TJ Perenara (Te Arawa / Ngāti Rangitihi)

Richard Crawshaw Memorial All Blacks Sevens Player of the Year
Winner: Tone Ng Shiu (Tasman)
• Dylan Collier (Waikato)
• Andrew Knewstubb (Horowhenua Kapiti)

Black Ferns Sevens Player of the Year
Winner: Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland)
• Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty)
• Sarah Hirini (Manawatu)

Black Ferns Player of the Year
Winner: Charmaine McMenamin (Auckland)
• Kendra Cocksedge (Canterbury)
• Ayesha Leti-I’iga (Wellington)

All Blacks Player of the Year
Winner: Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)
• Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes)
• Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs)

National Team of the Year
Winner: Crusaders
• Canterbury Women
• Tasman Mako

New Zealand Team of the Year
Winner: Black Ferns Sevens
• All Blacks
• Black Ferns

Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year
Ardie Savea

Previous Kelvin R Tremain award winners (last 10 years):
2018 Kendra Cocksedge
2017 Samuel Whitelock
2016 Beauden Barrett
2015 Ma’a Nonu
2014 Brodie Retallick
2013 Kieran Read
2012 Richie McCaw
2011 Jerome Kaino
2010 Kieran Read
2009 Richie McCaw
2008 Andrew Hore

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