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    Will the taffs have a chance against the mighty ABs here?

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    DOUBLE NOMINATION: All Blacks Kieran Read and Ben Smith will vie with Welsh star Leigh Halfpenny for the inaugural rugby players' player of the year award.
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    All Blacks Kieran Read and Ben Smith will vie with Welsh star Leigh Halfpenny for the inaugural rugby players' player of the year award.

    The International Rugby Players Association released their shortlist today.

    The trio will be judged by their peers with the winner to be named next week.

    All three are also finalists in the separate and long-established player of the year award organised by the International Rugby Board. The winner of that will also be announced next week.

    Read looks a strong bet for both awards, given his outstanding displays during the All Blacks' unbeaten year.

    He scored six tries in 13 tests and developed his attacking game to be a big threat out wide as a ranging No 8. He also took over the captaincy in Richie McCaw's frequent absences.

    Outside back Smith proved a revelation this season, scoring 11 tries in 14 games, 10 of them on the wing before switching to centre for the end of year tour north.

    But fullback Halfpenny has strong claims. He was a outstanding in Wales' Six Nations triumph, eventually being named Player of the Tournament.

    Halfpenny played in all three tests on the British & Lions tour of Australia. He broke the Lions' point-scoring record held by Neil Jenkins and was named player of the series as the Lions scored a rare victory.

    Despite making his test debut in 2009, Smith has also bizarrely been shortlisted for the IRPA newcomer of the year award, alongside two genuine test rugby rookies - barn-storming All Blacks wing Charles Piutau and Wallabies outside backs utility Israel Folau.

    The IRPA awards also see their members voting on a World XV of the Year and Team of the Year with the All Blacks sure to pick up the latter and dominate the form combination.

    The awards also feature fan awards for both the player of the year and the World XV.
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    The cheating Read bastardos has cheated so well this year that he is likely to win the award, imho.

    I'd give it to an Englishman personally, not sure which one, maybe, errm, perhaps, errm, not sure, give me time to think...

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    no rugby 'Entertainer of the Year' category?

    Qantas Wallabies' Kurtley Beale as my nomination

    breaches his written no-alcohol undertaking he had given to the ARU and the Rebels after he punched two Melbourne teammates (incl captain) in South Africa
    Sent home early as result

    and last weekend 24 November, back on it, drunk and swinging from the ceiling (well almost)
    Kurtley Beale caught out on the sauce

    ''I really don't think I have an alcohol problem but sometimes alcohol doesn't agree with me,'' he mused

    and of course, the missed kick that may have won a Lions tour


    Kurtley Beale missed a crucial penalty at the death as the Lions held on for a 23-21 win over the Wallabies at Lang Park

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    awards time

    there is also - as mentioned post #1

    World XV of the Year award, fans will be asked to pick one of the three nominated finalists in each of the 15 playing positions


    Go to Ultimate Rugby, download the mobile app and follow the voting instructions contained within.

    The 45-man shortlist, prepared by a panel of IRPA recently retired international players, features players from 11 nations.

    World ranked No.1 New Zealand has the most entries with 15 players, followed by Wales (8), South Africa (6), France (4), Argentina, Samoa (3), Australia, Ireland (2), England, Italy, Fiji (1).

    The shortlist for the Fans' Player and World XV of the Year awards (in order of playing position) is:

    1. Vincent Debaty (Fr), Alex Corbiseiro (Eng), Marcos Ayerza (Arg)
    2. Bismarck Du Plessis (SA), Benjamin Kayser (Fr) Richard Hibbard (Wales)
    3. Juan Figallo (Arg), Adam Jones (Wales), Census Johnston (Samoa)
    4. Sam Whitelock (NZ), Eben Eztebeth (SA), Joe Tekori (Samoa)
    5. James Horwill (Aus), Brodie Retallick (NZ), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
    6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Arg), Louis Picomoles (Fr), Liam Messam(NZ).
    7. Sean O'Brien (Ire), Richie McCaw (NZ), Francois Louw (SA)
    8. Kieran Read (NZ), Sergio Parisse (Italy), Toby Faletau (Wales)
    9. Kahn Fotuali'l (Samoa), Aaron Smith (NZ), Will Genia (Aus)
    10. Dan Carter (NZ), Johnny Sexton (Ire), Aaron Cruden (NZ)
    11. George North (Wales), Julian Savea (NZ), Sitiveni Sivivatu (NZ)
    12. Jamie Roberts (Wales), Ma'a Nonu (NZ), Jean DeVilliers (SA)
    13. Wesley Fofana (Fr), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Conrad Smith (NZ)
    14. Israel Folau (Aus), Ben Smith (NZ), Napolioni Nalaga (Fiji)
    15. Willie Le Roux (SA), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Israel Dagg (NZ)

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    Not an Englishman in sight.

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    Nor a Scot.

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    Can't see your post but if you are pointing out Corbisiero.
    Would argue he's kinda Italian.

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    in the other code, an award for an ex rugby man (after he was ex league) now a league man again

    Sonny Bill Williams crowned world's best rugby league player

    DUAL international Sonny Bill Williams has capped his spectacular return to rugby league from union and boxing by being named the world's best player.

    The New Zealand superstar was crowned Rugby League International Federation player of the year in Manchester today, beating out fellow nominees Kangaroos star Greg Inglis and Scotland playmaker Danny Brough.

    Williams helped the Sydney Roosters to the NRL premiership after returning to the code following five years in rugby union, during which he played 19 Tests for the All Blacks.

    In taking out the gong, Williams broke an Australian stranglehold on the honour with Billy Slater (2008, 2011), Jarryd Hayne (2009), Todd Carney (2010) and Cameron Smith (2012) previous winners since it was established six years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiejambos View Post
    Whoosh
    Can't see your post but if you are pointing out Corbisiero.
    Would argue he's kinda Italian.
    Not Italian in anything but name but he is 100% American.

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    1. Vincent Debaty (Fr) - Corbisiero not played enough this year to count.
    2. Bismarck Du Plessis (SA) - My non Welsh favourite.
    3. Adam Jones (Wales) - Best TH scrummager in the world, if you want another loose forward...... leave him out.
    4. Eben Eztebeth (SA) - Will be a beast for years to come.
    5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) - Tough call but AWJ has been superb this year
    6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Arg) - Very close between all 3
    7. Richie McCaw (NZ) - The GOAT
    8. Kieran Read (NZ) - Between him and 1/2p for player of the year, suspect he will get it.
    9. Kahn Fotuali'l (Samoa) - How did Genia get a mention his 2013 has been as bad as his 2012 was brilliant
    10. Dan Carter (NZ) - Has no peers when on his game
    11. George North (Wales) - Close between him and savea, but Savea finishes for the best team in the world, George creates from anywhere.
    12. Jean DeVilliers (SA) - Superb player
    13. Conrad Smith (NZ) - Even better player
    14. Ben Smith (NZ) - Unlucky Folau
    15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) - Love him to death

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    Good call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph
    1. Vincent Debaty (Fr), Alex Corbiseiro (Eng), Marcos Ayerza (Arg)
    2. Bismarck Du Plessis (SA), Benjamin Kayser (Fr) Richard Hibbard (Wales)
    3. Juan Figallo (Arg), Adam Jones (Wales), Census Johnston (Samoa)
    4. Sam Whitelock (NZ), Eben Eztebeth (SA), Joe Tekori (Samoa)
    5. James Horwill (Aus), Brodie Retallick (NZ), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
    6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Arg), Louis Picomoles (Fr), Liam Messam(NZ).
    7. Sean O'Brien (Ire), Richie McCaw (NZ), Francois Louw (SA)
    8. Kieran Read (NZ), Sergio Parisse (Italy), Toby Faletau (Wales)
    9. Kahn Fotuali'l (Samoa), Aaron Smith (NZ), Will Genia (Aus)
    10. Dan Carter (NZ), Johnny Sexton (Ire), Aaron Cruden (NZ)
    11. George North (Wales), Julian Savea (NZ), Sitiveni Sivivatu (NZ)
    12. Jamie Roberts (Wales), Ma'a Nonu (NZ), Jean DeVilliers (SA)
    13. Wesley Fofana (Fr), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Conrad Smith (NZ)
    14. Israel Folau (Aus), Ben Smith (NZ), Napolioni Nalaga (Fiji)
    15. Willie Le Roux (SA), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Israel Dagg (NZ)
    I'm being a bit cheeky, and choosing the most talented/experienced player over the last couple of years...

    My team would comfortably beat Bobcock's...

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    Good call.

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    Sorry, double post # 13 above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    1. Vincent Debaty (Fr) - Corbisiero not played enough this year to count.
    2. Bismarck Du Plessis (SA) - My non Welsh favourite.
    3. Adam Jones (Wales) - Best TH scrummager in the world, if you want another loose forward...... leave him out.
    4. Eben Eztebeth (SA) - Will be a beast for years to come.
    5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) - Tough call but AWJ has been superb this year
    6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Arg) - Very close between all 3
    7. Richie McCaw (NZ) - The GOAT
    8. Kieran Read (NZ) - Between him and 1/2p for player of the year, suspect he will get it.
    9. Kahn Fotuali'l (Samoa) - How did Genia get a mention his 2013 has been as bad as his 2012 was brilliant
    10. Dan Carter (NZ) - Has no peers when on his game
    11. George North (Wales) - Close between him and savea, but Savea finishes for the best team in the world, George creates from anywhere.
    12. Jean DeVilliers (SA) - Superb player
    13. Conrad Smith (NZ) - Even better player
    14. Ben Smith (NZ) - Unlucky Folau
    15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) - Love him to death

    Lots of cheating Kiwis and Frogs in that line-up.

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