Stars of Sevens awarded after 2022 season comes to an end
Stars of women’s sevens celebrated after 2022 season finale in Toulouse
The women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 Award winners were announced on Sunday during a ceremony that saw champions Australia sweeping many of the prestigious accolades.
The ceremony was held at the Centre des Congrès in Toulouse, France on Sunday following the final round of the women’s 2022 Series in Toulouse. The awards recognise and celebrate the players and teams who have performed at the highest level across the 2022 Series.
Having already been crowned champions in Langford earlier this month before finishing second in Toulouse, Australian players are heavily represented among the winners with a presence in four categories.
Aside from the Women’s Try of the Series, which was voted for by fans on social media, winners have been selected by the World Rugby Sevens Series Awards panel, comprising former international sevens players and Series commentators, across the eight women’s categories.
WOMEN’S HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS SERIES 2022 AWARDS WINNERS
Rookie of the Year: Maddison Levi (AUS)
Nominees: Reapi Ulunisau (FIJ) and Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea (AUS)
This award goes to a player who has made their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series debut in the current season. All three nominees had graced the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games before making their Series debut and continued that form into the Series, helping their teams create history along the way.
Fair Play Award: Canada
The Fair Play Award is selected by the match officials and recognises the team who showcase rugby’s values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. This year's recipient was Canada.
Gilbert Top Try-scorer: Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (IRE)
After scoring 36 tries across the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022, Ireland’s Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe won the Gilbert Top Try Scorer award for the second time, improving from her 35-try haul in 2019.
Try of the Series: Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (IRE), v USA in Langford
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (IRE) was voted by rugby fans worldwide as the Try of the Series for her try against USA in Langford. The other nominees were Portia Woodman (NZL) for her historic 200th Series try v Canada in Langford and Lily Dick (AUS) for her winning try in Cup final v New Zealand in Langford.
Don’t Crack Under Pressure Award: Lily Dick (AUS)
This award is given to the player who has shown the ability to perform under the unique and intense pressure of top-level rugby sevens. This award was voted for by the panel and went to Australia’s Lily Dick for her last-gasp winning try against New Zealand in the Langford Cup final.
The other nominees were Ireland’s Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe for her try against USA in the Langford quarter-final and Brazil’s recovery from 19-7 down at half-time against Great Britain in round two in Dubai to win their ninth-place play-off 26-24.
DHL Impact Player: Charlotte Caslick (AUS)
This award is for the player who demonstrated the most consistency and delivered the greatest impact against four key criteria – carries, offloads, line-breaks and tackles.
This year’s winner was Australia’s Charlotte Caslick, who made 85 tackles, 27 breaks, 38 offloads and 159 carries throughout the season.
Capgemini Leaders of the Series – Powered by the Momentum Tracker: Ireland
This award celebrates the teams that have upped their performance and climbed the rankings throughout the season. Results have been tracked throughout all the rounds, and Ireland women and men have ranked first and second of the Series, respectively.
HSBC Dream Team:
Charlotte Caslick (AUS), Madison Ashby (AUS), Faith Nathan (AUS), Reapi Ulunisau (FIJ), Maddison Levi (AUS), Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (IRE), Séraphine Okemba (FRA)
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “On behalf of World Rugby, I would like to congratulate all HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 award winners. The season that just ended was again spectacular and reminded us why rugby sevens is a truly unique and thrilling sport. Its speed, skill and spectacular tries are capturing the hearts of fans worldwide and inspiring young girls around the world to pick up the oval ball. With a very promising Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town in September and the Paris 2024 Olympics two years away, sevens’ future looks bright.”
The awards ceremony for the men’s Series will be held in Los Angeles after the final round on 27-28 August and the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Award (men and women) will be presented at the annual World Rugby Awards ceremony in November 2022.