Duhan van der Merwe makes shortlist for World Rugby Try-of-the-Year

France's Damian Penaud, Ireland's Hugo Keenan and Fiji's Vinaya Habosi also on the shortlist

Duhan van der Merwe's try versus England at Twickenham in February is one of four nomination's for World Rugby's Men's Try-of-the-Year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Duhan van der Merwe's try versus England at Twickenham in February won World Rugby's International Men's Try-of-the-Year award. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DUHAN VAN DER MERWE’s 60-metre solo try for Scotland in the Calcutta Cup win over England at the start of February has made the shortlist for the ‘International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year’ accolade, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards 2023, to be hosted at Opéra Garnier in Paris on Sunday.

The Scottish winger’s score, which set up a third consecutive win for Gregor Townsend‘s side in matches against England, is one of three tries from this year’s Six Nations to make the shortlist of four. Damian Penaud‘s try for France against Ireland and Hugo Keenan‘s try for Ireland against France in the same match are also in contention, while Vinaya Habosi‘s try for Fiji against Georgia earlier this month during the World Cup pool stage is the final contender.

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11 awards in total will be announced at Sunday’s event, with the nominees for six of those categories (selected by expert panels appointed by World Rugby) unveiled earlier this morning.

They are –

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC

  • Michaela Blyde (New Zealand)
  • Maddison Levi (Australia)
  • Tyla Nathan-Wong (New Zealand)
  • Reapi Ulunisau (Fiji)

World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC

  • Leroy Carter (New Zealand)
  • Rodrigo Isgro (Argentina)
  • Marcos Moneta (Argentina)
  • Akuila Rokolisoa (New Zealand)

International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year

  • Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland, v England on 4 February)
  • Damian Penaud (France, v Ireland on 11 February)
  • Hugo Keenan (Ireland, France on 11 February)
  • Vinaya Habosi (Fiji, v Georgia on 1 October)

World Rugby Coach of the Year

  • Andy Farrell (Ireland)
  • Ian Foster (New Zealand)
  • Simon Raiwalui (Fiji)
  • Jacques Nienaber (South Africa)

World Rugby Men’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year in partnership with Tudor

  • Louis Bielle-Biarrey (France)
  • Manie Libbok (South Africa)
  • Mark Tele’a (New Zealand)
  • Tamaiti Williams (New Zealand)

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard

  • Bundee Aki (Ireland)
  • Antoine Dupont (France)
  • Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
  • Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

Other categories being awarded on Sunday, 29 October

  • Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service
  • International Rugby Players Special Merit Award
  • Rugby for All Award
  • World Rugby Referee Award
  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in partnership with Capgemini

Categories awarded following the conclusion of WXV

  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard
  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in partnership with Capgemini
  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year in partnership with Tudor
  • International Rugby Players Women’s Try of the Year

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6 Comments

  1. Between Penaud and DVDM surely…the Keenan try was a good try but nothing spectacular and not worthy of an award.

      • That’s DVdM’s handicap in this vote. Like Maradona’s goal in 1986 – wonderful to watch, until you factor-in, it was English defenders he was running past. That detracts.

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