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World Rugby Awards

Since their inception in 2001, the World Rugby Awards have recognised and celebrated the achievements of those involved at the highest level of the game, as well as acknowledging excellence and dedication in the areas of development and administration by those demonstrating the true values of rugby.

The World Rugby Awards 2021 will be celebrated through an innovative digital-first format held from 6-10 December. The 12 categories will be unveiled on World Rugby social media channels including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (@WorldRugby).

World Rugby Awards

World Rugby Awards 2021


World Rugby Referee Award
Andrew Cole (Australia) 

International Rugby Players Men's Try of the Year
Damian Penaud (France, v Scotland on 26 March)

Other nominees: Lukhanyo Am (South Africa A, v British and Irish Lions on 14 July) ; Pierre-Louis Barassi (France, v Australia on 17 July) ; Luke Jacobson (New Zealand, v Argentina on 12 September)

International Rugby Players Women's Try of the Year
Emilie Boulard (France, v Wales on 3 April)

Other nominees: Sara Barattin (Italy, v Scotland on 13 September) ; Abby Dow (England, v France on 30 April) ; Romane Ménager (France, v Ireland on 17 April)

Announced 7 November 2021

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in association with Tudor

  • Will Jordan (NZL)
  • Andrew Kellaway (AUS)
  • Louis Rees-Zammit (WAL)
  • Marcus Smith (ENG)

World Rugby Coach of the Year

  • Allan Bunting/Cory Sweeney (New Zealand Women's Sevens)
  • Dave Rennie (Australia Men's)
  • Simon Middleton (England Women's)
  • Ian Foster (New Zealand Men's)

World Rugby Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service 

Announced 8 November 2021

World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in association with Capgemini 

World Rugby Women’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in association with Capgemini  

Announced 9 November 2021

World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC

  • Napolioni Bolaca (FIJ)
  • Scott Curry (NZL)
  • Marcos Moneta (ARG)
  • Jiuta Wainiqolo (FIJ)

World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC

  • Anne-Cécile Ciofani (FRA)
  • Sarah Hirini (NZL)
  • Alowesi Nakoci (FIJ)
  • Reapi Ulunisau (FIJ)

Announced 10 November 2021

World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard

  • Zoe Aldcroft (ENG)
  • Caroline Boujard (FRA)
  • Poppy Cleall (ENG)
  • Laure Sansus (FRA)

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard

  • Antoine Dupont (FRA)
  • Michael Hooper (AUS)
  • Maro Itoje (ENG)
  • Samu Kerevi (AUS)
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  • Mon 6 December, 2021
International Rugby Players Men's Try of the Year

Voted on by fans from the four nominees shortlisted by the IRP panel: Conrad Smith (NZL, Chair), Rachael Burford (ENG), Thierry Dusautoir (FRA), Fiao'o Faamausili (NZL), Bryan Habana (RSA), Jamie Heaslip (IRE)

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