Chiefs & ABs dominate Kiwi awards
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:52
See video for Try of the year nominations
Back-to-back Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs, NPC champions Canterbury and the Rugby Championship-winning All Blacks dominate this year's annual celebration of the best of New Zealand.
The 2013 awards will be held in Auckland on Thursday, December 5.
The Chiefs' second Super Rugby title on the trot sees the team, 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 scrumhalf Andy Ellis gains him a nod for NPC Player of the Year.
The All Blacks' clean sweep of their June Tests against France, followed up by victory again in the Rugby Championship sees nominations for coach Steve Hansen, and the team, while star wing turned centre Ben Smith and dynamic loose forwards Kieran Read and 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 Fans Try of the Year. Voting closes November 25 with the winning try announced at the awards ceremony.
Age Grade Player of the Year
Akira Ioane (Auckland Grammar)
Damian McKenzie (Christ's College)
Ardie Savea (Wellington)
Charles Monro Volunteer of the Year
Wayne Dowd (Auckland)
Rob Jones (Manawatu)
Mario Martinengo (North Harbour)
Referee of the Year
Heartland Championship Player of the Year
Women's Sevens Player of the Year
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year
NPC Player of the Year
Super Rugby Player of the Year
Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year
Women's Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Team of the Year
All Blacks Sevens
Kelvin R Tremain Player of the Year
NZ Try of the year nominations!
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