2013 Steinlager Rugby Awards nominations confirmed
allblacks.com 14 Nov 2013
The Chiefs’ second Investec Super Rugby title on the trot sees the team, Head Coach Dave Rennie and co-captain Liam Messam well represented in the nominations.
Canterbury, easily the most successful provincial side of the century, is in line for Team of the Year while the sharp form all season of half back Andy Ellis gains him a nod for ITM Cup Player of the Year.
The All Blacks clean sweep of the Steinlager Series followed up by victory again in the Investec Rugby Championship sees nominations for Head Coach Steve Hansen, and the team, while star wing turned centre Ben Smith and dynamic loose forwards Kieran Read and the Liam Messam are in line for this year’s Kelvin R Tremain Player of the Year Award.
In a repeat of last year’s nomination line-up for Coach of the Year, All Blacks Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens will again compete with Hansen and Rennie for the accolade after masterminding another Sevens World Series win and the team’s World Cup triumph in Moscow. The All Blacks Sevens are also up for Team of the Year.
For the first time in the Awards' history, fans will get a say in deciding some of the best rugby action from 2013. An online poll is now open for fans to select the SKY Fans Try of the Year. Voting closes 25 November with the winning try announced on the awards night.
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The Steinlager Salver Award recognising a person’s exceptional contribution to New Zealand rugby will also be announced on the night.
2013 Steinlager Rugby Awards nominations
New Zealand Rugby Age Grade Player of the Year
Akira Ioane (Auckland Grammar)
Damian McKenzie (Christ’s College)
Ardie Savea (Wellington)
Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year
Wayne Dowd (Auckland)
Rob Jones (Manawatu)
Mario Martinengo (North Harbour)
New Zealand Rugby Referee of the Year
Pink Batts Heartland Championship Player of the Year
New Zealand Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year
ITM Cup Player of the Year
Investec Super Rugby Player of the Year
Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year
New Zealand Rugby Women’s Player of the Year
New Zealand Rugby Coach of the Year
adidas Team of the Year
All Blacks Sevens
Kelvin R Tremain Player of the Year
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