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2018 World Rugby Awards nominees, winners, voting panel

  • Awards Ceremony: 2018 World Rugby Awards
  • Venue: Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Date: November 25, 2018
  • Host: Alex Payne

1. Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service: Yoshirō Mori (President of the Japan Rugby Union)

*presented by World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont

 

2. Award for Character: Doddie Weir (former Scotland international)

*in association with Land Rover 

*presented by Land Rover ambassador Jamie Heaslip

 

3. World Rugby Spirit of Rugby Award: Jamie Armstrong (The Clan, Scotland)

*in association with Dove Men+Care

*presented by Unilever Vice President Personal Care Chris Barron 

*nominated:

  • Harinder Singh (Jungle Crows, India)

 

4. International Rugby Players Special Merit Award: Stephen Moore (Australia), DJ Forbes (New Zealand)

*presented by Jean de Villiers (South Africa), Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

 

5. World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year: Michaela Blyde (New Zealand)

*in association with HSBC

*presented by Rachael Burford (2014 Women’s RWC Champion -England)

*nominated:

  • Sarah Goss (New Zealand)
  • Portia Woodman (New Zealand)

 

6. World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year: Perry Baker (United States)

*in association with HSBC

*presented by HSBC Senior Manager Global Rugby Strategy and Planning Sven Gloor

*nominated:

  • Ben O’Donnell (Australia)
  • Jerry Tuwai (Fiji)

 

7. World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year: Aphiwe Dyantyi (South Africa)

*in association with TUDOR 

*presented by TUDOR commercial manager Roland Enderli

*nominated:

  • Jordan Larmour (Ireland)
  • Karl Tu’inukuafe (New Zealand)

 

8. International Rugby Players Try of the Year: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

*presented by Bryan Habana (2007 RWC Champion- South Africa)

*nominated:

  • Sean Maitland (Scotland)
  • CJ Stander (Ireland)
  • Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

 

9. World Rugby Referee Award: Angus Gardner (Australia)

*presented by George Gregan (Australia)

 

10. World Rugby Coach of the Year: Joe Schmidt (Ireland)

*presented by World Rugby Awards panel Fabian Galthie

*nominated:

  • Rassie Erasmus (South Africa)
  • Steve Hansen (New Zealand)

 

11. World Rugby Team of the Year:  Ireland

*presented by World Rugby Awards panel John Smit 

*nominated:

  • All Blacks (New Zealand)
  • Springboks (South Africa)

 

12. World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year: Jessy Tremouliere (France)

*in association with Mastercard 

*presented by World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont

*nominated:

  • Pauline Bourdon (France)
  • Fiao’o Faamausili (New Zealand)
  • Gaëlle Hermet (France)
  • Safi N’Diaye (France)

 

13. World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year: Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

*in association with Mastercard 

*presented by World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont

*nominated:

  • Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
  • Faf de Klerk (South Africa)
  • Rieko Ioane (New Zealand)
  • Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

 

VOTING PANEL

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year, World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year, World Rugby Team of the Year, World Rugby Coach of the Year

  • Maggie Alphonsi (England)
  • Fabien Galthié (France)
  • George Gregan (Australia)
  • Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
  • Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
  • Agustín Pichot (Argentina)
  • John Smit (South Africa)
  • Clive Woodward (England)

World Rugby Referee Award

  • Fifteens referee selection panel
  • Sevens referee selection panel

International Rugby Players Try of the Year panel

  • Marco Bortolami (Italy)
  • Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
  • Melodie Robinson (New Zealand)
  • Shane Williams (Wales)

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year

  • Felipe Contepomi (Argentina)
  • Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)
  • Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times)
  • Jim Kayes (TV3)
  • Phaidra Knight (USA)
  • Sarah Mockford (Rugby World)

World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year

  • International Sevens Players
  • Commentators
  • Series referees

International Rugby Players Special Merit

  • International Rugby Players representatives

Award for Character, Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service

  • Bill Beaumont (World Rugby Chairman)
  • David Carrigy (World Rugby Head of Development and International Relations)
  • Brett Gosper (World Rugby Chief Executive)
  • Agustin Pichot (World Rugby Vice-Chairman)

Spirit of Rugby Award

  • Bill Beaumont (World Rugby Chairman)
  • Brett Gosper (World Rugby Chief Executive)
  • David Carrigy (World Rugby Head of Development and International Relations)
  • Chris Barron (Unilever, Vice President Personal Care, United Kingdom and Ireland)
  • Agustin Pichot (World Rugby Vice-Chairman)

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