Werner Kok (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Blitzboks star Werner Kok has been named World Rugby’s Sevens Player of the Year.
Kok received the award during a star-studded World Rugby Awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London on Sunday night.
In only his second full season, Kok was instrumental in South Africa’s performances in all nine rounds of the 2014/15 Sevens World Series, most notably in their Cup win on home soil in Port Elizabeth, and as the Blitzboks became the first to side to confirm qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games. He ended the season as the series’ leading tackler.
Other nominees for the award were Kok's compatriot Seabelo Senatla and Semi Kunatani of Fiji.
Main awards winners:
World Player of the Year - Dan Carter, New Zealand
World Team of the Year - New Zealand
World Coach of the Year - Michael Cheika, Australia
World Women's Player of the Year - Kendra Cocksedge, New Zealand
World Breakthrough Player of the Year - Nehe Milner-Skudder, New Zealand
World Sevens Player of the Year - Werner Kok, South Africa
World Women's Sevens Player of the Year - Portia Woodman, New Zealand
World Referee Award - Nigel Owens