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PostSubject: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 5:06 am

here are the nominees for each section....

Nominees:

NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty), Aaron Cruden (Manawatu), Zac Guildford (Hawke's Bay), Winston Stanley (Auckland)

Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year
Carla Hohepa (Otago), Zar Lawrence (Bay of Plenty), Julian Savea (Wellington)

Super 14 Player of the Year
Malili (Mils) Muliaina (Chiefs), Aled de Malmanche (Chiefs), Ma'a Nonu (Hurricanes)

Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year
Zac Guildford (Hawke's Bay, Ngati Kahungunu), Cory Jane (Wellington, Ngati Kahungunu), Isaac Ross (Canterbury, Kai Tahu)

Heartland Championship Player of the Year
Jon Dampney (Mid Canterbury), Sione Ngatu (Poverty Bay), Asaeli Tikoirutuma (Wanganui)

Air New Zealand Cup Player of the Year
Josh Bekhuis (Southland), Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty), Zac Guildford (Hawke's Bay)

Team of the Year
Canterbury (Air New Zealand Cup), New Zealand Under 20, Wanganui (Heartland Championship)

New Zealand coach of the Year
Ian Foster (Chiefs), Guy Lennox (Wanganui), Rob Penney (Canterbury), Dave Rennie (New Zealand Under 20)

The Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year
Blair Crawford (Otago), David Hickey (Auckland), Peter Te Tai (Southland)

NZRU Women's Player of the Year
(to be confirmed)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/news/3083555/Zac-Guildford-heads-rugby-award-nominations




Guildford up for 3 awards...who do you think should win in each section?

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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 5:10 am

Who I think should get them...

NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year - Aaron Cruden
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year - Zar Lawrence
Super 14 Player of the Year - Mils Muliana
Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year - Zac Guildford
Air New Zealand Cup Player of the Year - Mike Delaney
Team of the Year - New Zealand Under 20
New Zealand coach of the Year - Dave Rennie

left out 3 because I wouldn't have a clue.

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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 8:47 am

Is there not just a top overall player award or don't they announce those nominees?
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 9:03 am

I agree with every pick of yours hendo and theres no point having a player of the year because it would be richie mccaw or dan carter every year until they retire
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 11:45 am

NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year Aaron Cruden
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year Julian Savea (Wellington)
Super 14 Player of the Year Malili (Mils) Muliaina (Chiefs)
Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year I don't think any of them actually played for the NZ Maori last year...did they?
Air New Zealand Cup Player of the Year Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty)
Team of the Year New Zealand Under 20
New Zealand coach of the Year Dave Rennie (New Zealand Under 20)

My picks - can't pick the Maori player off hand, are they picked on their representation of actually being Maori (i.e. playing for NZ Maori side)? Cause I don't think any of those guys did.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2009 9:48 pm

The Maoris didnt play this year, was Juniors in the Pacific nations cup instead like it should be
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeSat Nov 21, 2009 11:08 am

NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year - Zac Guildford
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year - Zar Lawrence
Super 14 Player of the Year - Ma'a Nonu
Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year - Cory Jane
Air New Zealand Cup Player of the Year - Mike Delaney
Team of the Year - New Zealand Under 20
New Zealand coach of the Year - Dave Rennie
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeSun Nov 22, 2009 8:54 pm

chrishbhs wrote:
The Maoris didnt play this year, was Juniors in the Pacific nations cup instead like it should be

I know - hence saying "last year" Smile

I think it's a joke to have a "Maori player of the year" when the Maori team wasn't used; it's just a gimmick in this circumstance since they just arbitrarily pick nominees with a smidgen of Maori blood and then compare them on the same scale as the other categories. They may as well have a category of top players with black hair or something. Unless there's a tangible competition or team for Maori players (i.e. NZ Maori) then the award category shouldn't be there.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeThu Dec 17, 2009 8:56 pm

NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION AWARDS

Age grade player of the year: Aaron Cruden (Manawatu)
Richard Crawshaw Memorial sevens player of the year: Zar Lawrence (Bay of Plenty)
Referee of the year: Bryce Lawrence (Bay of Plenty)
Women's player of the year: Victoria Heighway (Auckland)
Charles Monro Rugby volunteer of the year: Blair Crawford (Otago)
Super 14 player of the year: Mils Muliaina (Chiefs)
Tom French Memorial Maori player of the year: Zac Guildford (Hawke's Bay)
Heartland Championship player of the year: Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Wanganui)
Air NZ Cup player of the year: Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty)
Team of the year: Canterbury
Coach of the year: Dave Rennie (New Zealand under-20, Manawatu)
Outstanding contribution to New Zealand rugby: DJ Graham
Kelvin R Tremain Memorial player of the year: Richie McCaw

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/news/3173492/Richie-McCaw-claims-Kel-Tremain-Memorial
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeThu Dec 17, 2009 9:20 pm

Once again disagree on Richie. He had an average Super 14, an average test season and didn't get much time in the Air NZ Cup.

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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 18, 2009 2:11 am

Who would you choose then?
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 18, 2009 2:26 am

Well we all know Mils had a terrific Super 14, he also played very well in the end of year tour. Adam Thomson also had a great super 14, played very well in the Air NZ Cup games which he played in and also played well in his ABs matches. Zac Guildford, although he played average in Super 14, his u/20 WC performances (from what I've heard) were awesome, and he was one of the best in the Air NZ Cup.

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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 18, 2009 2:36 am

Guildford was below his best at under 20s, was rubbish for first half of Air NZ cup, was lucky not to be dropped. Thompson struggled to hold his place in the starting team and Mils would have too had Jane not been great on the wing
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 18, 2009 2:43 am

Lucky not to be dropped? you kidding, if he spent half the Air NZ Cup playing crap then he wouldn't of made the All Blacks, he wouldn't get selected for 5 good games for the Magpies. Thomson was ripped off, he deserved to be starting in every test, was much better than Kaino. Mils would never have lost his FB spot, especially with how the Joe was performing.

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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 18, 2009 3:03 am

Zac was rubbish for the first few games and then something just clicked about, maybe, 1/4 through the comp and he just went on from there.

TBH - as far as consistent performances go I reckon Conrad Smith was the best of the year.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ Rugby Awards 2009   NZ Rugby Awards 2009 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 18, 2009 3:56 am

Ah yes fair point on Conrad I would have thought he deserved it over Richie also.

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