Rugby

Fourie's try the best of 2009?

2009-12-15 16:15
Jaque Fourie's top 15 try. (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Springbok centre Jaque Fourie's try in the second Test against the British & Irish Lions is among 15 tries shortlisted by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the International Rugby Players' Association (IRPA) from which the IRPA's Try of the Year in 2009 will be chosen.

VIDEO: Jaque Fourie's try

For the first time, the global rugby family can vote online for their favourite try from a shortlist of superb tries from the Six Nations, British & Irish Lions Series, Tri Nations and June and November internationals.

Rugby fans are invited to visit www.irb.com and click on the IRPA Try of the Year to see the 14 players in contention for the award. By clicking on the player's image, fans can view their tries and vote for their preferred choice.

"The IRPA Try of the Year is a hugely anticipated award. Fans have an opportunity to vote for players representing eight nations, plus the British & Irish Lions, and I am sure the vote will be close," said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset.

IRPA representatives have narrowed the field to the final 15.

France and New Zealand have three tries each with Shane Williams the only player to have two tries featured in the shortlist, one for Wales and one for the British & Irish Lions. Three tries from the Lions Series make the cut, Jaque Fourie and Rob Kearney making up the trio, with three from the Tri Nations and three from the Six Nations.

Jamie Heaslip's try against France in February is included and the number 8 will hope to follow in the footsteps of his Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll, who won the inaugural IRPA Try of the Year Award for his try against Australia in June 2008.

Russia's Alexander Yanyushkin also features for his try against Uruguay at the IRB Nations Cup in June.

The online poll will close on December 31 and the winner will be announced in early January.

Votes for IRPA Try of the Year should be sent to votetry@irb.com.

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