Duhan van der Merwe wins ‘International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year’ award

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Duhan van der Merwe's sensational try for Scotland versus England has been voted 'International Rugby Players Men's Try of the Year' by fans. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Duhan van der Merwe's sensational try for Scotland versus England has been voted 'International Rugby Players Men's Try of the Year' by fans. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DUHAN VAN DER MERWE’S spectacular try for Scotland versus England in February’s Calcutta Cup triumph was unveiled as ‘International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year’ at World Rugby’s annual awards ceremony in Paris last night [Sunday].

Gaining 51 percent of the over 5,000 votes cast by fans, van der Merwe’s long range effort was the overwhelming winner in this category.

New Zealand No 8 Ardie Savea has been crowned World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year. Andy Farrell was named World Rugby Coach of the Year recognising his achievement in leading Ireland’s to a Six Nations Grand Slam top spot in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings and … erm … the quarter-finals of the World Cup. New Zealand winger Mark Tele’a was named the World Rugby Men’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year.


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Five Rugby World Cup legends – Dan Carter (New Zealand), Thierry Dusautoir (France), George Smith (Australia), Juan Martín Hernández (Argentina) and Bryan Habana (South Africa) – were also inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame during the ceremony.

Of the 11 awards presented in Paris, nine were selected by World Rugby Awards panels, while the International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year was decided by a fan vote on social media. Nominees and winners in a further four women’s categories will be announced at the conclusion of the ongoing WXV tournament.

Rather farcically, the ‘World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year’ contained five players each from World Cup quarter-finalists France and Ireland, four from beaten finalists New Zealand and only one from champions South Africa, with no other nation represented.

1. Cyril Baille (France) 2. Dan Sheehan (Ireland) 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) 4. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa) 5. Scott Barrett (New Zealand) 6. Caelan Doris (Ireland) 7. Charles Ollivon (France) 8. Ardie Savea (New Zealand) 9. Antoine Dupont (France) 10. Richie Mo’unga (New Zealand) 11. Will Jordan (New Zealand) 12. Bundee Aki (Ireland) 13. Garry Ringrose (Ireland) 14. Damian Penaud (France) 15. Thomas Ramos (France).

 

Full list of World Rugby Awards winners

  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard – Ardie Savea (New Zealand)
  • World Rugby Coach of the Year – Andy Farrell (Ireland)
  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year in partnership with Tudor – Mark Tele’a (New Zealand)
  • World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC – Rodrigo Isgro (Argentina)
  • World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC – Tyla Nathan-Wong (New Zealand)
  • World Rugby Referee Award – David McHugh (Ireland)
  • Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service – George Nijaradze (Georgia)
  • Rugby for All Award – SOS Kit Aid
  • International Rugby Players Special Merit Award – John Smit (South Africa)
  • International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year – Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)
  • World Rugby Hall of Fame inductees: Daniel Carter (New Zealand), Thierry Dusautoir (France), George Smith (Australia), Juan Martín Hernández (Argentina), Bryan Habana (South Africa).

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  1. Maybe now he will get back to Edinburgh and putting in the hard yards for the club. Not quite sure why, as a back, he was given extended rest.

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