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Boks snubbed for IRB award

2011-10-19 08:53

Auckland - The International Rugby Board has announced the shortlist of nominees for the IRB Player of the Year 2011 Award.

According to the IRB website, the winner of the prestigious individual accolade will be announced at the IRB Awards ceremony at Vector Arena in Auckland on Monday, October 24, a day after the Rugby World Cup 2011 champions are crowned.

Four of the nominees are in the Rugby World Cup 2011 final at Eden Park on Sunday with France captain Thierry Dusautoir joined by the New Zealand trio of scrumhalf Piri Weepu, flank Jerome Kaino and centre Ma'a Nonu.

The other two nominees are Australia's flank David Pocock and scrumhalf Will Genia, who will both play against Wales in the third place playoff on Friday. Pocock has been nominated for the second year in a row, having missed out to New Zealand captain Richie McCaw in 2010.

“The IRB Player of the Year Award is the ultimate accolade for a player to receive in his career. It takes on added significance in a Rugby World Cup year and takes into account player performances in all major internationals, including matches in the Six Nations and Tri-Nations,” said IRB chairperson Bernard Lapasset.

The IRB Player of the Year nominees were selected by the IRB Awards independent panel of judges, which is chaired by Australia’s RWC 1999 winning captain John Eales and is made up of former internationals with more than 500 caps and four Rugby World Cup winners’ medals between them.

The IRB Awards panel comprises some of the biggest names in the Game with Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace having deliberated on every major Test played in 2011, starting with the opening Six Nations match and culminating with the RWC Final.

In total the panel have watched more than 100 hours of action, awarding points to the three players they thought stood out in each match. In order to recognise the importance of Rugby World Cup matches in determining the Player of the Year, an additional weighting has been applied to matches in the tournament.

The IRB Player of the Year is one of 12 Awards that will be presented at the star-studded ceremony at Vector Arena, the others include the IRB Coach of the Year, IRB Team of the Year, IRB Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC, IRB Junior Player of the Year and IRB Women’s Personality of the Year.

Previous winners of the IRB Player of the Year Award:

2010 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 – Fabien Galthié (France)
2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)

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Comments
  • Brett - 2011-10-19 09:05

    LOL LOL LOL.......................We rest our case! If ever there was a circus, then this is it!

      Theo - 2011-10-19 09:41

      Did any of you morons actually read the article or did you just spot the heading and rush to be the first to add you 1 cents worth comment? Note: Its not the IRB themselves that made this decision but and independant panel of judges of which Francois Pienaar is also a member. "The IRB Player of the Year nominees were selected by the IRB Awards independent panel of judges, which is chaired by Australia’s RWC 1999 winning captain John Eales and is made up of former internationals with more than 500 caps and four Rugby World Cup winners’ medals between them." So if this is a circus as you say then Francois Pienaar must be one of its clowns ? You morons! The IRB Awards panel comprises some of the biggest names in the Game with Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace having deliberated on every major Test played in 2011, starting with the opening Six Nations match and culminating with the RWC Final.

      nasheenar - 2011-10-19 10:33

      Pocock?????????

      Jeff - 2011-10-19 10:43

      Brett, I surmise that you are still an avid rugby protea supporter. Good luck. Your future looks gloomy.

      Adrian - 2011-10-19 11:07

      Where's Bryce Lawrence? He is the one man who has undoubtedly changed the complexion of many games this year. Hahaha!

      rondee.scherman - 2011-10-19 11:41

      Theo@ and since they played international rugby it makes the independent or geniuses? How do you get to that one? I know a lot of very senior rubgy playera who cant think for themselves. Your point was?

  • Jed - 2011-10-19 09:06

    No Springboks deserve to be on the list for 2011. This from a Springbok supporter.

      Taetjo - 2011-10-19 09:49

      I agree with you. The coach kept on selecting has-beens. How then can they be the best players in the world when their primes have long passed? Had Francois Hougaard had more game time, he would have definitely made it to the list. Peter de Villiers gambled with our Bok team by worshiping John Smit and crew.

      Jed - 2011-10-19 09:56

      Francois Hougaard , Bismark 2 of our top players wernt given a chance. Brussow would have been there or close to being there if not for injuries. But unfortunatly not.

      Brett - 2011-10-19 10:00

      This is very true Jed. I am not sure with the current IRB politics if they would have made the list, but at least they should have been given a fair chance to show the world what we've got.

  • philip.spies - 2011-10-19 09:14

    We have more than enough talent for our players to be nominated, unfortunately the best players were not picked consistently enough to qualify.

      Brett - 2011-10-19 09:19

      On this issue Philip, I will agree, but honestly don't you think of all the other nations that were competing there were other deserving players that should have been on this list? If you had to choose between Jamie Roberts and David Pocock, who would you nominate?

  • nelius.vantonder - 2011-10-19 09:19

    @Jed don't make me laugh bru...Heinrich Brussow is OUTSTANDING and deserves atleast a nomination!

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-19 09:36

      Why? because he's a saffa? ARROGANT

      Jed - 2011-10-19 09:37

      Brussouw played 7 games between 2010-2011 for the Springboks hardly enough to deserve a nomination. So please leave the Stupid comments to yourself.Idiot.

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-19 12:34

      sam, the foul mouthed NZer, see you are back insulting us again on our pages, you are a piece of work man, did your mother beat you?

  • Brett - 2011-10-19 09:30

    This press release should have read like this: "The World has been snubbed for IRB award" We should give NZ and OZ the trophy and tell them to go merrily forth and have a blissful future. They really think they are Rugby. The rest of us should form a new International Rugby Cup and get on with healthy unbiased competing. A body that has credibility. The IRB with the people who are currently running it, will kill this sport for many a young player.

      John - 2011-10-19 09:51

      Coming from you Brett, this is rather a profound statement. I took you for being smarter than that. Sounds a lot like last years Tri Nations rants about conspiracy and the Bokke should join the 6 Nations and leave the Ozzies and Kiwis to fight it out amongst themselves. I am really starting to wonder who actually thinks themselves to be Rugby!

      emmagraceannkennedy - 2011-10-19 10:30

      Keep this to yourself Brett, but I have it on good authority that Bryce Lawrence was the sole selector for the IRB Awards!! You are a jerk of monumental proportions.

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-19 12:28

      ah please John, stop trolling on our pages, rather go sailing...the conspiracy was not a conspiracy, there is an undeniably conscious effort on the part of some members of the IRB, NZRU & ARU to make life difficult for other teams (specifically the Boks) & to make life easier for themselves. This WC has just reinforced our suspicions & as long as this continues (in 3 nations, Super rugby & WC) we will make our voices heard. If you don't like it then go troll on NZ heralds pages, but don't come here.

      John - 2011-10-19 13:47

      Oh I get it Theprodigy, this is just a blog so you guys can feel miserable and have a huge group hug and get all cuddly with yourselves. You don't want opinion, just agreement....you really are a sad indictment to the rest of Bokke supporters on here. Next time turn up with a decent team and stop sending your schoolsboys over during Tri Nations so your ageing warriors can sit in front of a camp telly with their dressing gowns and slippers on slapping each other on the back and telling stories of their heroic bravery in campaigns of yesteryear! Can I still participate in your blog?

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-19 09:59

    I am a big Springbok supporter but I believe that none of the Springboks excelled in the current season to the extent that they should be nominated. The guys on the list are all deserving candidates! i think if Heinrich Brussow palyed more games for the Boks he could have been there - who else????

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-19 12:14

      ok so what about the Welsh, arguably the best performing team in the WC, this is so predictable.

      Gungets - 2011-10-19 12:44

      Bismarck

  • gregmcdavid - 2011-10-19 10:28

    You can't be snubbed if you were too kuk to be chosen!

  • Lee - 2011-10-19 10:31

    GO SHARKS!!!!!!! Do your best Saturday.

  • Bok - 2011-10-19 10:45

    I think Div should get it

  • Andy - 2011-10-19 10:49

    Screw the IRB

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-19 11:01

    with all due respect these awards dont really mean a lot. we know we got shaffted by the IRB the day we knew our pool teams. is it not funny what we always draw the hard teams in our pools while nz draw all the mickey mouse teams ???. i dont care about IRB awards to me it does not mean squat

  • Darryl - 2011-10-19 11:06

    Honestly okes, what stand out Springbok has there been over the past year... many have played pretty well and perhaps might just deserve a shout but I'm not sure that we have any 'player of the year' performances from our team. In fact, with all the chopping and changing; and injuries; it would be hard to find any consistently selected player? I reckon Bizzy and Hougaard might've had a chance with more game time.

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-19 12:10

    3 Nzers & they never played a decent team int the entire tournament, OMG this makes the IRB & the WC a total mockery, just sums up what we have been saying all along.

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-19 13:23

    pienaar is a traitor ..... we have the best . hogard, bismark , brussouw ....... perhaps bryce lourens is on the panel

      John - 2011-10-19 13:55

      Of course he is.....the whole world is in on this, even one of the most respected Rugby identities alive today. I wonder who's next???????

  • Zion - 2011-10-19 17:47

    A bit arrogant are we not. Fukkit,are we going to fight about everything like a child with tantrums when things do not go our way. remember we are the losers in the case because there are better winners around. Any thing that relates to the IRB is suddenly seen to be some conspiracy against the great upstanding nation of the Bokke (goats) Get a hold on your selves for a change and act more mature.

      Michael - 2011-10-19 19:36

      Zion, why go and mess up your good point of view by adding something as puerile as the goat connotation? Yes we have underperformed, yes we don't have the stars that dazzle the world right now and yes, us Saffas are dealing with our rugby pain - some less discreetly than others however.......even the least gifted observer will concede that South African rugby is a force worthy of respect and we will most definitely "be back"

  • Bazzpete - 2011-10-20 06:36

    How can it possibly be a snub if none of the Boks have stood out this year? The results have been sub standard so naturally it is going to be difficult for an individual to stand out. And no - performing exceptionally in one or two tests "doesth not a season make".

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