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Serfontein wins top IRB award

2012-06-22 21:32

Cape Town - The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced Jan Serfontein as the winner of the IRB Junior Player of the Year Award for 2012, following the final of the Junior World Championship at Newlands.

Hosts South Africa won the final against New Zealand 22-16 with Jan Serfontein scoring the vital second try to win the game for the Boks.

Serfontein was the popular choice of the three nominees after voting of team managers, match officials and media at the tournament.

The 19-year-old centre from Port Elizabeth has also starred at the Craven Week tournament, and was named player of the tournament in 2011.

With Vodacom Cup experience already under his belt following a debut for the  Blue Bulls this year, Serfontein has shown himself to be a class player with excellent distribution of the ball.

He is elusive and creative, with great vision and awareness. His running lines have been exceptional, and his ability to break has set up many tries as he creates time and space for others.

Serfontein has been described by commentators as a player in the mould of Brian O’Driscoll.

“We have enjoyed some wonderful individual performances at this tournament and some memorable matches. The skill levels, passion and dedication of the future stars of rugby on show in Cape Town during the past three weeks have been breathtaking,” said IRB Vice Chairman Oregan Hoskins.

Previous Winners:

2011 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: George Ford (England)
2010 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Julian Savea (New Zealand)
2009 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
2008 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Luke Braid (New Zealand)
2007 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Robert Fruean (New Zealand)
2006 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Josh Holmes (Australia)
2006 - IRB International U21 Player of the Year: Lionel Beauxis (France)
2005 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Isaia Toeava (New Zealand)
2005 - IRB International U21 Player of the Year: Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia)
2004 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Jeremy Thrush (New Zealand)
2004 - IRB International U21 Player of the Year in association with Waterford Crystal: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)
2003 - IRB U19 Player of the Year: Jean Baptiste Payras (France)
2003 - IRB U21 Player of the Year in assoc. with Waterford Crystal: Ben Atiga (New Zealand)
2002 - IRB U19 Player of the Year: Luke McAlister (New Zealand)
2002 - IRB U21 Player of the Year, in assoc. with Waterford: Pat Barnard (South Africa)
2001 - IRB Young Player of the Year: Gavin Henson (Wales)


Jan Serfontein is the 2012 IRB Young Player of the Year
 

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Comments
  • Harold - 2012-06-22 21:39

    Superstar!

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 22:20

      Alright photo...I would have sucked his hips inwards in photoshop but you know what...next time!! but well friggin done lighty! And friggin cool image!

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 22:23

      You know the superstar for me is our prop with Sias's hair colour...Oranje...I forget his name, but in the future he is the next Springbok prop...Well done Juniors Boks...can you call the juniors,,,they would seriously fu** any senior person up!

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 22:33

      Have you seen and new improved dude?

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 22:36

      I thought...hey he is good...but Fu** his credentials:2011 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: George Ford (England) 2010 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Julian Savea (New Zealand) 2009 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand) 2008 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Luke Braid (New Zealand) 2007 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Robert Fruean (New Zealand) 2006 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Josh Holmes (Australia) 2006 - IRB International U21 Player of the Year: Lionel Beauxis (France) 2005 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Isaia Toeava (New Zealand) 2005 - IRB International U21 Player of the Year: Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia) 2004 - IRB International U19 Player of the Year: Jeremy Thrush (New Zealand) 2004 - IRB International U21 Player of the Year in association with Waterford Crystal: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand) 2003 - IRB U19 Player of the Year: Jean Baptiste Payras (France) 2003 - IRB U21 Player of the Year in assoc. with Waterford Crystal: Ben Atiga (New Zealand) 2002 - IRB U19 Player of the Year: Luke McAlister (New Zealand) 2002 - IRB U21 Player of the Year, in assoc. with Waterford: Pat Barnard (South Africa) 2001 - IRB Young Player of the Year: Gavin Henson (Wales

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-06-22 23:49

      Look at the photo of the boys celebrating, true Rainbow Nation hoisting the cup!! Look at a photo of Bafana Bafana, old regime photo with a twist, co cup!! Rugby standing proud for our nation while always under the evil eye!! Wake up soccer and take a leaf out of rugbys successful book!!!

  • Joe - 2012-06-22 21:44

    awesome talent

  • fef.gericke - 2012-06-22 21:55

    get him on a plane to PE asap...hes already better than the current 12 has ever been!

      derikbench - 2012-06-22 22:17

      Harold you're so ugly, you had to use someone else's pic for your profile.

      Harold - 2012-06-22 22:19

      Derik, you're funny.

      sheldon.matthys.9 - 2012-06-23 00:01

      Ek's seker Tswane mut iewers bokke het.Huidiglik issit Free state en Western province.Laat my dink aan die kwaliteit van Tswane strukture.huidige jong bulle wa kom hulle vandaan.Voor jle begin met identifiseer begin eers by soveel gekweek.Money bring.....

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-23 01:32

      he should, by all rights, be playing for the southern kings in super rugby..he's definitely gonna waste his talent at the bulls :(

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-23 01:59

      oh, and HERALD, you're still an IDIOT who should be locked up for the sake of humanity...

      fef.gericke - 2012-06-23 04:22

      ai Harold,maybe u should stop checking out men and start watching rugby...

      Billy - 2012-06-23 04:33

      lol!!! wtf ugly oke, what a stranger.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-22 21:57

    What a centre.Hope South Africa can keep him or,will he end up in France,UK or Japan.

      andrew.pottow - 2012-06-22 23:47

      He's represented us at u20 level and so, according to the IRB, he's tied to SA and no other coutry can select him for national duty. But yes, we must develop this talent!

      Benn - 2012-06-23 06:06

      You are wrong. U20 is excluded. Clyde Rathbone captained SA U 21 but went on to rep Australia

  • nissen.eugene - 2012-06-22 22:37

    Dawie theron new wat he was doing by benching shaun adendorf who scored 2 tries against england nd was a nominee 4 the irb award these racist varke that act like gatekeepers keeping black players out adendorf was a outstanding player according 2 the irb but not according to broederbond dawie making sure a black south african doesn't win the award

      twanette.holtzhausen - 2012-06-22 23:16

      WTF?? Is it just me, or does this comment make no sence???

      vian.laas.7 - 2012-06-22 23:22

      No sense at all, last time i checked Shaun adendorff was/is White. lol

      twanette.holtzhausen - 2012-06-22 23:39

      Exactly lol.. Shame, either mr nissen eugene is colour blind!! Or probably he is just a racist that can't let go off the past... Stop turning everything into racism u idiot!

      henrylaub - 2012-06-22 23:49

      Oh dear....you know the meaning of \new\? But maybe if you \knew\ your rugby, you would think first before saying stupid stuff!

      jm.hayes.96 - 2012-06-22 23:59

      Anyone else get a headache trying to read that dribble?

      maude.adendorff - 2012-06-23 02:50

      Huh??

  • Jco - 2012-06-22 23:09

    AWESOME BOKKIES! Sitting in NZ, watched the game, BRINGING GREAT JOY! Serfontein, jou doring! BRING HIM UP FOR THE BOKKE! Now for the Bokke! SA JUNIORS THE WORLD CHAMPIONS! (LEKKER!)

  • WernerZA - 2012-06-23 04:15

    So, pretty sure HM spotted this guy a long time ago. That's why hes a BULL now... Soon to be a bok! Any doubt about our bok coach's eye for talent??

      Benn - 2012-06-23 06:10

      Most people "spotted" him at primary school level already.

      Jaan - 2012-06-23 09:14

      Sadie many spotted him, Meyer did something about it 4 years ago when he was still 15 - see the difference don’t you?

      Raldo Loots - 2012-06-23 09:50

      Well WernerZA, he was nurtured in Grey Bloem LONG before the Bulls even knew of him. He probably would have played Cheetahs but we know the Bulls have the money that does the talking.

      Lara - 2012-06-23 12:39

      By the time you lot are done with him he won't be able to play rugby anymore. His limbs will be all over SA.

      Benn - 2012-06-23 19:34

      Raldo, this may sound arrogant, but the Cheetahs cannot retain all the talent produced by Grey. Just at centre, they have produced: Frans Steyn, Francois Venter, Piet Lindeque, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Alwyn Hollenbach, Paul Jordaan, William S-Smith, Serfontein and his centre mate wo is injured and on par with him, Dries Swanepoel. At hooker you have Bismarck Du Plessis,Adriaan Straus, Tiaan Liebenberg, Hercu Liebenberg, Richardt Straus(leinster) What would the Cheetahs do with all those players(or any other franchise for that matter)

  • anton.bohmer - 2012-06-23 07:30

    Well deserved! He had a great tournament and has a fantastic future!!

  • danny.lakey - 2012-06-23 07:58

    He will be a Springbok.He will be the Best.He will win IRB rugby player of the Year.He will win a world Cup.To the all blacks,Aussies and any other rugby nation, JAN SERFONTEIN will destroy you! #ProudlySouthAfrican#

  • Lance Briers-Danks - 2012-06-23 09:39

    Well done Baby Boks, I am extremely proud of all of you. The future of SA Rugby is looking really goods and sends out a clear message to all the other International Teams. Extremely proud to be South African. Baba Boks die Beste in die Wereld!! :))

  • jerome.harrison.56 - 2012-06-23 10:37

    Well deserved award. Awesome player....good future in SA Rugby.

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-06-23 13:08

    Congratualtions. I see a great Springbok superstar in the making.

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