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    World Player of the year 2015

    http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/news/119745

    World Rugby has announced the shortlist for the prestigious Player of the Year 2015 Award in association with MasterCard, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at Battersea Evolution in London on 1 November.

    Following a stellar of year for international rugby, which will culminate with Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final, the shortlist features a world-class line-up of players who have excited and inspired fans around the world with their feats this year. Rugby World Cup 2015 finalists New Zealand and Australia both have two nominees and Wales and Scotland one each.

    The 2015 nominees are: Daniel Carter (New Zealand), Michael Hooper (Australia), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Greig Laidlaw (Scotland), David Pocock (Australia) and Julian Savea (New Zealand).

    DANIEL CARTER (NEW ZEALAND)
    A two-time recipient of this award, in 2005 and 2012, Daniel Carter will play his 112th and final test for the All Blacks in the RWC 2015 final, bringing down the curtain on an illustrious 12-year career which has seen him score a world record 1,579 test points. Desperate to bow out with RWC success, having seen his 2011 tournament cut short by injury, the 33-year-old has been rolling back the years with some impressive performances in recent weeks.

    MICHAEL HOOPER (AUSTRALIA)
    The youngest of the six nominees, having only turned 24 yesterday, Michael Hooper became the fastest and second youngest player to reach 50 test caps in the semi-final win over Argentina. The perfect link man between forwards and backs, he is one third of the formidable Wallabies back row alongside Scott Fardy and fellow nominee David Pocock that have dominated the breakdown at RWC 2015.

    ALUN WYN JONES (WALES)
    A towering presence in the Wales second row, Alun Wyn Jones joined the club of rugby test centurions in their quarter-final exit to South Africa, combining his 94 Welsh caps with six for the British and Irish Lions. The 30-year-old anchors the front five and is a fierce competitor, not to mention an inspiring figure on and off the field. He has started all 10 of his tests in 2015, captaining Wales to victory in their warm-up match with Ireland in Dublin.

    GREIG LAIDLAW (SCOTLAND)
    Leading by example as Scotland captain, Greig Laidlaw bowed out of Rugby World Cup 2015 in the quarter-finals as the leading point-scorer with 79, 26 of them – including a crucial late try – coming in the 36-33 win over Samoa which confirmed his side’s place in the quarter-finals as Pool B runners-up. The proud 30-year-old started 12 of Scotland’s 14 tests this year and came off the bench in their pool victory over the USA.

    DAVID POCOCK (AUSTRALIA)
    The 27-year-old’s skills at the breakdown are legendary and he has been a thorn in many a team’s side at RWC 2015, unsurprisingly leading the statistics for turnovers with 14 to show he is back to his scavenging best after undergoing two major knee constructions in successive years. Nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year for the third time, David Pocock is both a calming and inspirational presence in the Wallabies back row.

    JULIAN SAVEA (NEW ZEALAND)
    The All Blacks winger has a try-scoring rate that few, if any, can match in world rugby, having crossed the try-line 38 times in 40 tests since his debut in June 2012. The 25-year-old, a former Junior Player of the Year who was nominated for this award in 2014, has scored eight tries at RWC 2015 to equal the record for a single tournament held by Jonah Lomu and Bryan Habana. He has scored two hat-tricks among that haul, including one in the quarter-final victory over France.

    World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The World Rugby Player of the Year Award in association with MasterCard is the most prestigious award in the men’s game and there were several players in the frame for the shortlist, reflecting not just a great year for rugby, but the most compelling and competitive Rugby World Cup to date.

    “Each player thoroughly deserves their nomination and I am sure that the panel will have much to think about over the next couple of days as they determine who will be the recipient of this wonderful accolade.”

    The World Rugby Player of the Year 2015 in association with MasterCard nominees were selected by an independent World Rugby Awards panel, chaired by Australia’s Rugby World Cup 1999-winning captain John Eales.

    The panel comprises former players Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace as well as journalists Pierre Galy (AFP), Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times), Georgina Robinson (Sydney Morning Herald), Jim Kayes (TV3) and Sergio Stuart (Ole, Argentina) and the 20 participating teams at RWC 2015.

    The panel has deliberated on every major test played in 2015 from the Six Nations through to The Rugby Championship, World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup 2015, with additional emphasis placed on matches at rugby’s showcase tournament, before determining an average based on number of matches played to deliver a fair opportunity for all.

    Following a stellar year of rugby there were a number of players representing a broad range of nations on the cusp of the shortlist.

    Eales said: “This has been a very special year for rugby with some outstanding individual and team performances. Through voting and consultation the panel has concluded six worthy finalists for the Player of the Year award. Being a World Cup year, particular weighting has been given to World Cup performances, where there are four candidates who will contest the final on Saturday.”

    Previous winners include Brodie Retallick, Kieran Read, Thierry Dusautoir, Shane Williams, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Jonny Wilkinson and Richie McCaw, the All Blacks captain the only player to receive the award more than twice.

    The World Rugby Player of the Year 2015 is one of 13 categories of awards, including the World Rugby Team of the Year, World Rugby Coach of the Year, World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC, World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year and World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year.

    For more information on the World Rugby Awards, visit http://www.worldrugby.org/awards.

    Previous Player of the Year Award winners:

    2014 – Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
    2013 – Kieran Read (New Zealand)
    2012 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
    2011 – Thierry Dusautoir (France)
    2010 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
    2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
    2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
    2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa)
    2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
    2005 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
    2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
    2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England)
    2002 – Fabien Galthié (France)
    2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)
    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

    #2
    It's gotta be Pocock, out of that list....
    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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      #3
      No BOD?
      The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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        #4
        or Luke...?
        He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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          #5
          Laidlaw in ahead of O'Connell?
          "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
          Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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            #6
            Originally posted by blackwarrior View Post
            Laidlaw in ahead of O'Connell?
            I'd also question Alun Wyn over Paulie, the Welsh may have beaten us in the 6 nations but Paulie was outstanding that day, he also comfortably bested Alun Wyn in the PRO 12 semi final in Limerick. The least he deserved was a nomination, a well deserved 6 nations player of the tournament after all.
            Last edited by Munster Mojo; 30th-October-2015, 13:53.

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              #7
              I'd nominate the Japanese squad.
              Tic-Toc. POC and DOC. Stop the clock.

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                #8
                http://www.todayfm.com/Sophie-Spence...e-Year-nominee
                The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man - George Bernard Shaw


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                  #9
                  BOD

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                    #10
                    Carter will win it.
                    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by The Last Stand View Post
                      BOD
                      #reflex
                      Only fools and drunks argue over everything. If you don’t have a hangover the next day you’re not the drunk...

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Oldschoolsocks View Post
                        #reflex
                        by Duran Duran?
                        Gwan Joe!!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ustix View Post
                          by Duran Duran?
                          was actually listening to the Charlatans, but it'll do for sure
                          Only fools and drunks argue over everything. If you don’t have a hangover the next day you’re not the drunk...

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                            #14
                            ...indeed and why not?
                            Gwan Joe!!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by ustix View Post
                              ...indeed and why not?
                              just a little before my time, but I am assured that they were a quality outfit
                              Only fools and drunks argue over everything. If you don’t have a hangover the next day you’re not the drunk...

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