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Blitzbokke snub for top award

2012-05-08 11:34

Dublin - A shortlist of three nominees, two New Zealanders and one Englishman, has been unveiled for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year Award.

According to the IRB website, with just one round left to play in the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series, in London, New Zealand duo Tomasi Cama and Frank Halai, along with England's Mat Turner have been nominated for the award.

The trio were shortlisted from a vote by the management teams of the 12 core sides who compete at each and every round of the Series.

The winner will be announced following the conclusion of the London Sevens, at Twickenham Stadium on May 13.

Fijian-born playmaker Cama is up for the award for the second year running, having lost out to South Africa's Cecil Afrika last season. Cama's sharp rugby brain and astute Sevens acumen has once again been a key factor behind New Zealand's drive for a 10th World Series success. He is also currently the season's top point-scorer with 330 and has 28 tries to his name.

Giant wing Frank Halai has also touched down 28 times for the New Zealanders this season. His powerful presence out wide has often proved the difference for the kiwis, no more so than at their home event in Wellington and also in Port Elizabeth, where they won back to back titles.

For England, Mat Turner has produced performances of a consistently high level. Operating from the scrumhalf position and out wide, his pace off the mark and eye for a gap has often lifted his side and his was the telling contribution when Ben Ryan's men retained the Cup title in Dubai, and reached the final in Glasgow.

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Comments
  • a.j.bosch - 2012-05-08 12:19

    SNUBBED!?!?!?!?!?! They just weren't good enough. SA as a team are currently 4th. The highest placed points scorer for SA is 5th. The highest placed try scorer is Cecil Afrika in 14th? Cama and Halai are joint 3rd highest (28 tries) try scorers, Turner is the 2nd highest (33 tries) Why was this a snub? If anyone can feel snubbed it should be Dan Norton the leading try scorer (35 tries) for not making the shortlist. The South Africans just weren't good enough, they weren't snubbed.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-05-08 13:03

      And why is Paul Treu still the coach after failing South Africa so many times??? What's so special about him that he doesn't get fired like all other coaches???

      Rich - 2012-05-08 13:55

      Sure Dan Norton is the leading try scorer but how many tries does he leak? Truckloads. He doesn't deserve to be on the list with such poor defence.

      roderickmark - 2012-05-08 14:12

      @ Zimbobwe, I think it is because there are not that many specialist 7's coaches around.

      brand0nbradley - 2012-05-08 15:06

      You are 100% correct sir.

  • pete.rudder - 2012-05-08 14:25

    You can hardly call it a snub, is their any special reason why any of our players should have been selected ahead of the nominees?

  • Trevor - 2012-05-08 14:29

    Buy more Blitz; the fire is dying!

  • Ryan - 2012-05-08 14:50

    Matt Turner is South African, so slightly less of a snub then is initially perceived.

  • Reinhardt Leach - 2012-05-08 16:48

    PAUL TREU DESERVES TO FIRED!!! Come on, he is a joke, he won the cup like one time and lost it sooooO many times, we dont even make the semi-finals! this is wrong, all National coaches should be treated the same way! We need a NEW COACH!!!!!

  • Duncan - 2012-05-09 14:45

    Congrats to my man Tomasi Cama a true legend of 7's! I hope he wins it. Good luck to Frank and Matt as well. All three candidates are worthy winners. As for Paul, he will not get fired cause he probably is related to Mr Hoskins!!!!

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