IRB Award Winners Announced

Thierry Dusautoir

The day after the Rugby World Cup Final, world rugby’s finest joined together once more as the IRB held their annual awards ceremony in Auckland. 10 awards were up for grabs including the big ones: Team of the Year and Player of the Year.

Here are the winners:

IRB Player of the Year – Thierry Dusautoir
Also nominated: David Pocock, Piri Weepu, Jerome Kaino, Ma’a Nonu, Will Genia

Having played a man of the match performance in a losing cause in yesterday’s Rugby World Cup Final, the France captain went away with the big prize of IRB Player of the Year. Dusatoir has been a key component in France’s set up for the past few years, leading from the front and working well with his back row colleagues of Julien Bonnaire and Imanol Harinordoquy. A well deserved award and only the second Frenchman to win it after Fabien Galthie.

IRB Coach of the Year – Graham Henry
Graham Henry tops off a brilliant year in charge with the accolade of IRB Coach of the Year. The All Blacks suffered just one defeat in 2011, to Australia in the Tri-Nations, and made the year theirs by winning the Webb Ellis trophy for a second time at the weekend. Henry and his team of Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have turned New Zealand around over the past few years from nearly men to beating all comers. There’s a strength in depth to the All Blacks now, as shown particularly in the fly-half department during the World Cup, and Henry has been instrumental behind the scenes, learning from his experiences with both Wales and the Lions.

IRB Junior Player of the Year – George Ford, England
Also nominated: Sam Cane, Luke Whitelock

George Ford becomes the first England player to take home the IRB Junior Player of the Year award. The 18-year-old Leicester Tigers fly-half was the youngest player at this year’s IRB Junior World Championships, where he kicked 54 points in total as England finished as runners-up to New Zealand. He also played a pivotal role in England’s U20s Six Nations Grand Slam win earlier this year. This award is a great honour for the young man and we’re sure we’ll see more of him in the coming seasons.

IRPA Try of the Year – Radike Samo, Australia v New Zealand

IRB Team of the Year – New Zealand
IRB Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Cecil Afrika, South Africa
IRB Women’s Personality of the Year – Ruth Mitchell
IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service – Keith Lawrence
Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service – Jock Hobbs
IRB Development Award – Rookie Rugby
IRB Spirit of Rugby Award – Wooden Spoon
IRPA Special Merit Award – George Smith, Australia

16 thoughts on “IRB Award Winners Announced

  1. The right choice: Thierry Dusautoir. France would have got nowhere without him.
    Also, not mentioned above was that he was the scorer of the try under the posts, that had the AB’s truly rattled.

      1. The man is a phenomenal player. Rises to the big occasions as great players do. Hope he is around for some time yet.

    1. ye it was a nice try but not nearly try of the year. Maybe they gave it just cuz its amazing a guy that old playing number 8 can run that fast?

  2. Try of the year? Gethin Jenkins’ effort against Nambia. Full stop.

    Pace, finesse, an incredible dummy pass, it had none of it. But is there truly anything more gracious and beautiful in life than seeing a prop go over the white wash from that far out?

    1. Overhyped, just like his nations’s achievements and abilities. Let’s see him do that or even carry the ball more than once against a team that isn’t ranked 19th in the world.

      1. Exactly. We’ll see what Wales are really made of in the 6 nations – stern stuff actually, but they won’t win it imo. No chance!

  3. Did anyone see the guard of honour that the French players did for Dusatoir when they arrived at the awards? It was pretty touching, he is obviously a very well-respected leader. The squad then promptly closed up the guard before Lievremont came through!

    1. Please stop making shit up. That’s not what happened in the video. Or are you talking about the full coverage? I missed that :/

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