Topic: Rugby

NZ greatness proven at World Rugby Awards in London

By Raniera Harrison

The World Rugby Awards were held in London today.  Our New Zealand players took away a total of six awards at the 2015 World Rugby Awards.

Ngāti Porou's Nehe Milner-Skudder was named the Breakthrough Player of the Year and Portia Woodman took away the Women's Sevens Player of the Year.

Skudder says, “Quite surreal at the moment especially after last night's event and yeah, to wake up today and come tonight and pick up this as well, I'm humbled as well.”

But the biggest award of the night belonged to Dan Carter, claiming the World Rugby Player of the Year.

“An absolute fairy-tale finish, an absolute dream come true the last 24 hours, I never expected this to be a part of this World Cup winning side,” said Carter.

Julian Savea steamrolled his way to the Try of the Year award and the All Blacks named the Team of the Year.

Skudder says, “I still admire a lot of those guys and watch them on TV and to be being alongside them in the same team is it’s just a privilege and a massive honour to send them off the way we did with the World Cup, it's fantastic.”

The sixth award was Women's 15s Player of the Year which went to Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge.

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