Chris Harris on shortlist for World Rugby try of the year award

Scotland centre is one of five nominees in the running - supporters' votes will decide the winner

Chris Harris
Chris Harris scores agaist Italy. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE first of Scotland centre Chis Harris’s two tries against Italy in March has been shortlisted for World Rugby’s men’s try of the year award.  Harris finished off from a Kyle Steyn kick ahead after Ali Price had launched a counter-attack from deep. Scotland won the Six Nations game 33-22.

The other nominees are Eduardo Padovani for Italy against Wales, Rodrigo Fernandez for Chile against the USA, Louis Rees-Zammit for Wales and South Africa, and Lalakai Foketi for Australia against France.

The nominees for the women’s try of the year are: Sylvia Brunt (New Zealand v Wales),  Emily Chancellor (Australia v England), Abby Dow (England v Canada), Linda Djougang (Ireland v Wales) and Nomawethu Mabenge (South Africa v Spain). Supporters can vote on social media for their favourite tries of the year up to midnight on Thursday. 

Of the four nominees for coach of the year, two took charge of their teams in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final in Auckland. Wayne Smith of champions New Zealand and Simon Middleton of runners-up England are joined on the list by Ireland men’s coach Andy Farrell and France men’s coach Fabien Galthie.

Two Irish players, Josh van der Flier and Johnny Sexton, are among the four nominees for men’s 15s player of the year. They are joined by Lukhanyo Am of South Africa and Antoine Dupont of France.

And there are five shortlisted candidates for the title of women’s 15s player of the year: Portia Woodman and Ruahei Demant of New Zealand, Sophie de Goede of Canada, Laure Sansus of France and England’s Alex Matthews.

A full list of categories and nominees  can be found on the World Rugby website. All the winners will be announced on Sunday.


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