November 15, 2016 10:35 am

Fiji Rugby unhappy with World Rugby Awards

The Fiji Rugby Union is disappointed that Fiji’s three nominees missed out at the 2016 World Rugby Awards in London yesterday. In a statement, the FRU said the impact of the Fiji 7s Team winning back to back  World 7s Series titles and the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympic Games had a far greatly impact […]

The Fiji Rugby Union is disappointed that Fiji’s three nominees missed out at the 2016 World Rugby Awards in London yesterday.

In a statement, the FRU said the impact of the Fiji 7s Team winning back to back  World 7s Series titles and the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympic Games had a far greatly impact to the game of Rugby globally.

FRU: “We believe that our 7s Team with the merger resources available to them have outperformed any other Rugby team in 2016. The Rugby World expects the All Blacks to do well every time because they have all resources available to them.”

The FRU added that the impact Osea Kolinisau had in the last two seasons “out class any performance by Seabealo Senatla and we are disappointed he was not awarded the 7s Best player of the year.”

Fiji loses out at World Rugby Awards

November 14 – The 2016 World Rugby Awards was held in London this morning.

Former Men’s Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan missed out on the Coach of the Year award, which went to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.  The gold-medal winning Fiji Men’s 7s team also lost out to the All Blacks in the Team of the Year Category.

Fiji 7s captain Osea Kolinisau lost out to South Africa’s Seabelo Senatla for the Men’s Sevens Player of the Year Award.  Breakthrough Player of the Year went to England’s Maro Itoje.

Ireland’s  Jamie Heaslip won the Try of the Year award.  Referees Alhambra Nievas and Rasta Rasivhenge jointly won the Referee of the Year.

Fiji 7s up against All Blacks in World Rugby Awards, Ryan and Kolinisau also nominated

November 2 -The Gold-medal winning Fiji 7s team has powered its way into the shortlist for this year’s World Rugby Awards.

The Fiji Men’s 7s team go head-to-head with World Cup winners All Blacks and Six Nations Winner England in the Team of the Year category.

Ben Ryan is nominated for the Coach of the Year category with Steve Hansen (New Zealand) and Eddie Jones (England).

Osea Kolinisau leads the pack in the World Rugby 7s Player of the year award against Seabelo Senatla (South Africa) and Virimi Vakatawa (France).

The awards ceremony will take place in London on November 13.

WORLD RUGBY AWARDS SHORTLISTS

World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year
Osea Kolinisau (Fiji)
Seabelo Senatla (South Africa)
Virimi Vakatawa (France)

World Rugby Team of the Year 
England
Fiji Sevens
New Zealand

World Rugby Coach of the Year
Steve Hansen (New Zealand)
Eddie Jones (England)
Ben Ryan (Fiji Sevens)

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year
Charlotte Caslick (Australia)
Emily Scarratt (England)
Portial Woodman (New Zealand)

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year
Maro Itoje (England)
Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)
Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

Try of the Year
Jamie Heaslip (Ireland, v France)
Kaito Shigeno (Japan, v Scotland)
TJ Perenara (New Zealand, v Argentina)

World Rugby Referee Award
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Alhambra Nievas (Spain)
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)