With the resumption of The Rugby Championship this weekend, players from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have another chance to catch the eye of the World Rugby Awards panel in a bid to be named World Rugby Player of the Year 2016.
Daniel Carter followed in the footsteps of his All Blacks captain Richie McCaw by receiving the accolade for the third time in 2015, becoming the fourth New Zealander in a row to be named World Rugby Player of the Year.
Carter, the all-time leading point scorer in test rugby, began that sequence in 2012 with new captain and number eight Kieran Reid and second-row Brodie Retallick the other All Blacks recipients in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
With New Zealand setting the pace in The Rugby Championship and retaining the Bledisloe Cup for a 14th consecutive year, not to mention winning their series with Wales 3-0 in June, the All Blacks are surely in contention to be named the World Rugby Team of the Year for the seventh year in a row.
World Rugby Player of the Year panel convenor John Eales said:“Steve Hansen has led the All Blacks to another level this year but they have been well matched by Eddie Jones and his English team. With the exceptional performances of many players from one to 15 we should see a few new names among the nominations for the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2016.”
The World Rugby Awards 2016 will take place at the Hilton London Metropole on 13 November with 12 categories of awards to be presented on the night, hosted again by Alex Payne.
Among the other categories are the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year and World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year, both in association with HSBC, with Fiji’s men and Australia’s women no doubt in the mix after winning series titles and Olympic gold medals in 2016.
Tickets are available at £195 per person, or £150 per person for delegates attending the World Rugby Conference and Exhibition at the same venue on 14-15 November, and £1,500 for a table of 10 guests.
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