Ardie Savea wins New Zealand's Player of the Year Award

Ardie Savea has played 44 Tests for New Zealand
Ardie Savea has played 44 Tests for New Zealand
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All Blacks back-row Ardie Savea claimed the prestigious Player of the Year honour in the New Zealand Rugby Awards that was announced on Thursday.

Savea, who is currently sidelined with a surgery on his injured knee has overall played 44 Tests for New Zealand since his debut in 2016 and in this year alone he featured in 10 international games in which he started in eight out of it.

Apart from winning New Zealand's Best Player of the Year Award, the Hurricanes star also claimed Super Rugby Player of the Year and Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year awards.

Charmaine McMenamin, who had an impressive try-scoring year went on to win the Women's Player of the Year award while Tasman's Tone Ng Shiu went on to win Richard Crawshaw Memorial All Blacks Sevens Player of the Year Winner.

Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson was named National Coach of the Year. The 45-year-old admitted that he was disappointed in missing the All Blacks coaching role but is excited to contribute to the Christchurch based club.

“There’s always a natural process as a human, there’s a natural disappointment because I’ve put everything into it,” Robertson said.

“I’m coaching the team I love, where I’ve had a lot of great moments as a player and now as a coach, I’ve got a lot of special bonds and a chance to do something pretty special.”

Black Ferns Sevens co-coaches Allan Bunting and Cory Sweeney were named New Zealand Coaches of the Year, and the Black Ferns Sevens side were also crowned the New Zealand Team of the Year.

New Zealand Rugby Awards 2019:

Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year: Ardie Savea

National Team of the Year: Crusaders

New Zealand Team of the Year: Black Ferns Sevens

New Zealand Coach of the Year: Cory Sweeney and Allan Bunting (Black Ferns Sevens)

Super Rugby Player of the Year: Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)

NZRPA Kirk Award: Josh Blackie, Seilala Mapusua & Hale T-Pole

Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year: Sarah Hirini (Ngati Kahungunu)

Richard Crawshaw Memorial All Blacks Sevens Player of the Year: Tone Ng Shiu (Tasman)

Black Ferns Sevens Player of the Year: Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland)

Black Ferns Player of the Year: Charmaine McMenamin (Auckland)

Fans Try of the Year: TJ Perenara (New Zealand v Namibia, Rugby World Cup 2019)

New Zealand Rugby Referee of the Year: Paul Williams

Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year: Ian Spraggon (Bay of Plenty)

New Zealand Rugby Age Grade Player of the Year: Fletcher Newell (Canterbury)

Mitre 10 Heartland Championship Player of the Year: Josh Clark (North Otago)

Duane Monkley Medal: Chase Tiatia (Bay of Plenty)

Fiao’o Faamausili Medal: Chelsea Bremner (Canterbury Women)

National Coach of the Year: Scott Robertson (Crusaders)

Salver for an Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Rugby: Steve Tew

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