Du Preez scoops top award

2009-11-02 22:19

Johannesburg - Fourie du Preez was on Monday evening crowned as the SA Rugby player of the year for the second time.

Gallery: Pictures from the Awards evening

The Blue Bulls scrumhalf captured the crown at the end of a fabulous domestic season during which teams he represented won every available prize.

Du Preez – who won the award for the first time in 2006 – claimed the Super 14 and Currie Cup titles with his province as well as helping the Springboks to the No 1 world ranking in conjunction with the Tri-Nations title and victory in the 2009 Lions Series.

Du Preez’s sublime performances saw him claim the award ahead of some outstanding competition. Also nominated were newcomers Morne Steyn – who kicked a succession of title-winning goals – backrow sensation Heinrich Brüssow, Springbok captain John Smit and lock Victor Matfield – who lined up with Du Preez in every title-winning team.

“They were any number of outstanding Springbok performers who could have been among the nominations,” said Mark Alexander, deputy president of the South African Rugby Union.

“It’s a tribute to the sustained excellence of Fourie’s play that he was chosen by the media for this prestigious award. There are very few players in world rugby who can claim to be as influential as he is.”

Brüssow was named as young player of the year; the Springboks were team of the year and Peter de Villiers was chosen as coach of the year among the other main awards, which are voted for by rugby journalists. Morné Steyn was selected by his peers as players’ player of the year.

Steyn collected three awards in total as the Blue Bulls flyhalf was also named as test player of the series against the British & Irish Lions, while his record-breaking performances for the Bulls in their march to the Super 14 title earned him the player of the competition award.

Brüssow also claimed a second award as provincial player of the Castle Lions series, following his performance for the Free State Cheetahs that helped propel him into the Springbok team.

The full list of awards winners is:

SA Rugby Player of the Year – Fourie du Preez (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

Players’ Player of the Year – Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

SA Rugby Young Player of the Year – Heinrich Brüssow (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs)

Test player of the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series – Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

Provincial player of the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series – Heinrich Brüssow (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs)

SA Rugby Team of the Year – The Springboks

Absa Coach of the Year – Peter de Villiers

Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year – Morné Steyn (Vodacom Bulls)

Absa Curie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year – Luke Watson (Vodacom Western Province)

Absa Curie Cup First Division Player of the Year – Allistair Kettledas (Pumas)

SuperSport Try of the Year – Jaque Fourie, 2nd Test v British & Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld)

Sasol Sevens Player of the Year – Frankie Horne

SA Under-20 Player of the Year – Lionel Cronjé (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year – Jonathan Mokuena (GWK Griquas)

SAA Club Champs Player of the Year – Dustin Jinka (Hamilton)

SA Rugby Women’s Rugby Achiever of the Year – Saloma Booysen (Eastern Province)

Marriott Refereeing Achievement of the Year – Jonathan Kaplan

Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament – Andile Jho (Border)


  • FourieIsKing - 2009-11-02 22:48

    GO GENERAAL FOURIE DU PREEZ YOU GOOD THING!!!! Now also the best scrummy in SA Rugby history. What a legend! We are so proud of you and Morne, you boys deserve all the credit. Congrats to Brussow as well! What a rising star, and he will continue building on this reputation for many seasons to come. We are a fortunate Rugby nation.

  • Jay - 2009-11-02 22:56

    So how did Luke Watson gt to be the Absa Curie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year? Ah yes, shame they had to give him something, otherwise he would cry racism again, this was the best way to shut him up, although we all know there were other players that should actually have received this award. Well done Luke you were given another award to shut you up.

  • Dons - 2009-11-02 23:00

    What about Earl Rose? He is one of the best!!!, and that 3 grade hooker of the Bulls? I am so sorry for Mapu, one of the best wings in SA Rugby!

  • FourieIsKing - 2009-11-02 23:06

    GO GENERAAL FOURIE DU PREEZ YOU GOOD THING!!!! Now also the best scrummy in SA Rugby history. What a legend! We are so proud of you and Morne, you boys deserve all the credit. Congrats to Brussow as well! What a rising star, and he will continue building on this reputation for many seasons to come. We are a fortunate Rugby nation. Luke Watson, good riddance. They only picked you to keep your twisted daddy happy. Sick society. You are what is wrong with SA Rugby!

  • des - 2009-11-02 23:15

    little luke is a joke. giving a lolly to the boy least he burst into tears. o what a yawn.

  • WP123 - 2009-11-02 23:30

    Jay, you idiot, your comment is so lame it's coming in on crutches. Luke had an awesome season and fully deserves the award.

  • William Shakespeare - 2009-11-02 23:33

    Howe coulde they have gotte it so wronge? "Playere of the Yeare" is surely Jooste van der Westhuizen...

  • GEVREESDE CHEETAH - 2009-11-02 23:56

    Hou die toekennings na die jaareind toer, dan kry jy nie k@k soos Puke onder die wenners nie. Die res lyk goed, maar al moet ek dit nou self se kon die Bulle eerder span van die jaar gewen het.Bokke het n moerse pak by die Leeus en Skaapstekers gekry

  • ImpartialCanuck - 2009-11-03 00:53

    @FourieIsKing - you are so right that your country is blessed with the rugby talent and a fabulous heritage - we watch with envy! Do wonder how some selections are made however? Would enjoy to see how some of the latest SA choices were arrived at, as I am sure the rest of the world is having a chuckle at some of them - do the selectors ever give a breakdown? How could Luke Watson possibly be the Premier Player of the year? We have watched almost every Currie Cup game this year on Setanta and with our limited knowledge we could have chosen 20 ahead of him!! Guess politics is creeping in........ Thankfully, our politicians have no real interest in sport, only money!!!

  • Lardus - 2009-11-03 01:27

    Jay, I almost agreed with you regarding Luke, then I remembered that the good players were actually touring with the Springboks! Haha, just kidding, all politics and other shenanigans aside, Luke had a good season and his team will miss him next year. But personally, I hope he suffers under a 'Dutchmen' captain at his new team!! Suffer cry-baby SUFFER!!

  • Geejay - 2009-11-03 01:27

    Great season. Well deserved awards, Now please guys finish it properly in the Northern Hemisphere. Lets make this the year that sets South Africa up for the next 10 years at least. Fourie Du Preez 27 years old Has a good 5 years left in the tank Morne Steyn 25 years old at least 7 years to go Heinrich Brüssow 23 years old 10 years to go Allistair Kettledas 22 years old 10 years to go Jaque Fourie 26 years old 5 years to go Jonathan Mokuena 28 years old has 5 years to go Really thrilled for Jonathan as I watched Griquas and thought he was outstanding this season and really raised his game to a new level, well done to all the players this season accross all the teams and cup challenges, best season for SA rugby.

  • Well done Fourie... - 2009-11-03 01:52

    FDP is sekerlik nou die beste speler in die wêreld en behoort die IRB toekenning te kry.Brussow ook goed gedoen en natuurlik KONING is hy nog n BUL! Luke verdien die award en ou Jay rate asseblief spelers op hul vermoe en nie volgens kleur,persoonlike keuse,provinsie of jou seksuele voorkeure nie!Word groot man of wil jy die prys wen vir wanker van die jaar!?

  • Blue Jake - 2009-11-03 04:12

    What about Earl?

  • Clive Goss - 2009-11-03 05:59

    All worthy winners (including Luke) I just hope now that the list is out my"friends" from Natal will also all rise from the dead and realise that rugby is a "game for hooligans which is played, watched and supported by gentlemen"and that the old spirit of "the banana boys" which could play lose or win with grace, will replace the loudmouthed loutish shark style of behaviour and support that appears to be the new norm ?

  • Sharky Andrew - 2009-11-03 06:22

    I still can;t believe the springboks were nominated as the team of the year. obviously if this team is made up of the best players from each province, they'll win the team of the year. lol. I still reckon this award should be contested by the winners of the currie cup, and the vodacom cup, and also the SA team that did the best in the super 14 for the year. And maybe if some other Provincial team exceeded expectations, but didn't win anything then they can also be thrown into the mix. I think the springboks and springbok sevens should only really get to be nominated for the IRB awards,

  • CapeTownJunk - 2009-11-03 06:33

    With another recent Blue Bulls scrumhalf dominating the news for *all* the wrong reasons, it's a great time to pay tribute to Fourie du Preez. Easily the best scrumhalf South Africa's had since readmission, and the sort of sporting role model who sets a great example to children. Forget Joost - he's not worthy to polish Fourie du Preez's boots.

  • bill - 2009-11-03 06:42

    @Jay. Cool it woman. You make me puke.

  • Alan ingram SA - 2009-11-03 06:51

    How can the Springboks be chosen 'team of the year' ????? They are the"National" team and HAVE to be the best !!!! The team of the year should have been the Bulls ? PVD as the Coach of the year - Ag pleeeze !! Puke Watson what a joke ! i bet his Daddy had something to do with thataward ?

  • David - 2009-11-03 07:00

    Jay, give credit where it's due. As much as I hate Luke, he did play some good rugby this season and deserves the accolade! Can't believe I just said that.

  • johanRuggas - 2009-11-03 07:08

    Congrats to all the boys. I think every awards were well deserved. The only real surprise is Watson's award (Were cheaky on the panel???). What a gr8 rugga season we've seen!! You make us proud!

  • Mark - 2009-11-03 07:12

    Congrats to all the winners - Well done !! No doubt in my mind that Fourie Du Preez deserved his award for the second time - what a great player - SA is very fortunate to have this talent available to us.The consumate professional - a credit to SA rugby and role model to future young players !!

  • Jeff Aucamp - 2009-11-03 07:12

    Did anyone notice the lack of applause when luke was called for the award?Those are the folk involved first hand with the boy and that basically tells a tale about his character! Furthermore WP's nomination stood out like a sore thumb when it came to "Team of The Year Award". It must have also been really embarrasing that out the five nominees for Currie Cup player of the year none played in the final.A lot of the awards were well deserved but some were an outright insult to the majority of players and fans intelligence.

  • Old Grey Boy - 2009-11-03 07:25

    Either that or Daddy threatened to take the SA Rugby Union to court if he was not given an award.

  • KEITH GRANT - 2009-11-03 07:27

    cannot argue with any of it except i do feel a great team is carrying a mediocre coach in both the Boks and the Bulls. Our wins over the Lions were marginal to say the least. That said, though we deserve our no. 1 position presently, to retain our no. 1 position as well as the All Blacks do frm year to yerar is unlkely as our stars age and we continue with a biased selection policy - just look at who is selected and who is left out in the overseas squad.

  • john - 2009-11-03 07:36

    Well deserved! Oh how I wish he was a Shark!

  • Roger Jonkers - 2009-11-03 07:47

    What the hell??? racism I tell you, where are the likes of Radepele; Bandise; Conradie???

  • junsau - 2009-11-03 07:55

    @ Jay... you obviously don't know rugby. There wasn't a better no. 8 in the tournament. Even Spies and Kankowski could never think rugby like Watson. Watson my hats off to you O captain my captain.

  • Karl Wesbster - 2009-11-03 07:59

    Well done guyz! you really made us happy this season...

  • Sharkie - 2009-11-03 08:10

    Wdone Fourie, you deserve it and you certainly are the best scrumhalf in the world! Also congrats to all the other guys, especially Luke! But Boks best team of the year?? As much as it hurts me to say it, surely it should be the Bulls with a S14 and currie cup win?? How often will that happen - okay maybe we wil do it next year with Brusouw in our team hahahaha Seriously, I think the Bulls should have got that one! Well done SA Rugby and Bokke show Tigers that even our "emerging", all new Bok side can also whip the English teams!

  • Slummy - 2009-11-03 08:14

    If I hear one more word "racism"!!!!!! The only person talking about racism is a racist himself. Nobody care and nobody comments on crap comments like that - Roger Jonkers & Jay. Top awards winners deserved the titles!! All the other awards are just there to make an evening out of the whole thing. Fourie & Morne - - the best pair SA had. Earl Rose - - can't play rugby Kurt Darren @ a rugby i've seen it all :-)

  • Andre - 2009-11-03 08:18

    Did anyone ever think that Luke's problem is Cheeky? The boy just mirrors what he learnt as a kid, as do most of you fans that throw race into every debate. Fact is, he played brilliantly and deserved a spot in the Boks side. Stop being blind. Fourie and the Bulls deserved their accolades, as do Luke. Get over it. The Bulls are a great side, it's their supporters who are the problem with SA rugby. Klein speelgoed?

  • Nikki - 2009-11-03 08:22

    ...Very well done Fourie, you deserve it so much! Also very well done to Morne (& Heinrich) who's dream season just gets better & better! Surely Fourie will take the IRB Player of the year as well! There is without a doubt in my mind no other player in world rugby in the same league as this man...Except maybe for Morne & Heinrich... Lol! ;-) Fourie I salute you oh great one!

  • Carey - 2009-11-03 08:31

    Well done Fourie, Morne and Heinrich. And well done Luke. Yes, Luke may be an @$$hole, but he had an awesome season, and not giving him this award would have been petty revenge.

  • Len - 2009-11-03 08:48

    Pitty Luke was'nt there. I would have liked to see him puke over the award. Great stuff to all the other rugby players. Thanks for a year of excellent entertainment!!!

  • tonya - 2009-11-03 08:48

    Do not focus on his character. Focus on the rugby that Luke Watson played this year. After the group stages, Luke watson was tied for the leading try scorer in the competition and as a forward, this is no mean feat and I think that he lead a young Western Province team excellently.

  • Fhatu - 2009-11-03 08:52

    Well done Fourie, Morne, Luk and the rest of the guys....GO BOKKE

  • Fisherman - 2009-11-03 08:56

    Well done Luke,great captain and award well deserved.Looking forward to seeing you donning that green and gold and taking over captaincy from John Smit after 2011 RWC.

  • N.H - hatin' - 2009-11-03 09:09

    Well done Fourie, you deserve this so much. NOW I am waiting with bated breath for the Northern Hemisphere IRB fools to select ANYONE else as IRB playa of the year. It's going to happen, they won't recognise South African domination by giving it to Fourie.

  • Fanatic - 2009-11-03 09:36

    Well done to everyone...I reckon the guys got it spot-on…yes even Luke Watson’s award was well deserved!! A few guys really thought - and with reason - that Morne and Heinrich were in with a real chance of scooping the top award, and fittingly they took the other two biggies of the evening. Fittingly though, the award went to, currently, the best rugby player in the world!! It will be an absolute travesty of justice if he doesn’t walk away with the IRB rugby player of the year award!! GO FOURIE YOU GOOD THING!!!!!

  • Hannetjie - 2009-11-03 09:40

    Well done to ALL the winners - not all my personal favorites but deserving winners!!!! Holding thumbs for the end-of-year tour to make 2009 a really GREAT rugby year

  • Zee - 2009-11-03 09:50

    Well done to general Fourie! Best scrummy in the world, by some margin. Well done to the rest too - please guys the Luke comments are getting VERY stale. Luke had a phenomenal season and if you can't see that then you plain just don't know rugby!

  • DELICIOUS - 2009-11-03 10:00


  • Alfred - 2009-11-03 10:18

    MAN Oh Man , Fourie Du Preez is an ABSOLUTE pleasure to watch. If only he could be lured to WP...... Nevertheless a natural talent......... and what i like about him , he fit the usual cocky scrumhalf profile......... he just gets on with the job and wins games for S.A and Bulls.......

  • Alfred - 2009-11-03 10:20

    MAN Oh Man , Fourie Du Preez is an ABSOLUTE pleasure to watch. If only he could be lured to WP...... Nevertheless a natural talent......... and what i like about him , he fit the usual cocky scrumhalf profile......... he just gets on with the job and wins games for S.A and Bulls.......

  • Loudmouth - 2009-11-03 11:46

    @delicious. Good thing you are not a racist otherwise we wouldnt get anything done.

  • Blikperd - 2009-11-03 11:51

    Hy is net te goed en ek dink elke rugbyspeler in die wereld vrees om teen hom te speel. Fourie du Preez mag dalk net die beste rugbyspeler wees wat die wereld ooit gesien het.

  • Johan - 2009-11-03 11:52

    gaan wees rasisties op n ander plek. As jy wil weet waar is hy. Niemand weet want die polisie soek hom ook

  • Johan - 2009-11-03 11:54

    @DELICIOUS gaan wees rasisties op n ander plek. As jy wil weet waar is hy. Niemand weet want die polisie soek hom ook

  • Pieter - 2009-11-03 11:54

    Ek het nooit gedink daar is so klomp patetiese rugby ondersteuners in SA nie... Luke het sy toekening verdien, al is hy so controversial, en die mense wat sulke strond comments maak (die Puke een raak al so afgesaag soos ou Joost en Jurie) het nie die kleinste benul van rugby nie!! Maar wat anders kan mens verwag van n klomp tiepiese rasiste...? Well done Fourie, jy was awsome die jaar. Ek sien baie uit vir die toekoms van die groen en goud!

  • chameleon - 2009-11-03 13:09

    pieter, as luke om verskoning gevra het was dit n ander saak. maar hy het nie. rugby is about honour every bit as much as it is about winning. if you win and have no honour, there shouldn't be anty room for you in rugby. this moral code is very important in a game where the emphasis is on physicality - without it rugby would be a barroom brawl. welgedaan fourie, ek wens jy't vir die cheetahs gespeel jou doring! en heinrich - jy's n yster!