In a special edition virtual show on 7 December, the World Rugby Awards’ will celebrate the players and teams who have starred over the last decade (2010-19).
And rugby fans will have the chance to determine the winners in six new categories. Nominees in each category consist of previous World Rugby Awards winners over the last decade, with the exception of the Women’s 15s Try of the Decade for which nominees have been selected by International Rugby Players.
Fans are likely to have a selection headache in choosing between rugby legends and will be asked to consider criteria such as length of rugby career, performance in key matches, leadership qualities and projecting rugby’s values when they cast their vote for Player of the Decade.
The two remaining two categories, Men’s and Women’s 15s Teams of the Decade, will be selected by the World Rugby Awards panel, a stellar team of rugby legends who choose the annual World Rugby Awards player, team and coach winners.
The World Rugby Awards special edition will also shine the spotlight on members of the rugby family who showcased great solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting their communities, getting involved in relief efforts, and showcasing the sport’s character-building values.
Nominees for World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Decade in association with Tudor
Richie McCaw (Nzl), Thierry Dusautoir (Fra), Dan Carter (Nzl), Kieran Read (Nzl), Brodie Retallick (Nzl), Beauden Barrett (Nzl), Johnny Sexton (Ire), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Rsa)
Nominees for World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Decade in association with Tudor
Carla Hohepa (Nzl), Michaela Staniford (Eng), Magali Harvey (Can), Kendra Cocksedge (Nzl), Sarah Hunter (Eng), Jessy Trémoulière (Fra), Emily Scarratt (Eng), Portia Woodman (Nzl)
Nominees for World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Decade in association with HSBC
Mikaele Pesamino (Sam), Cecil Afrika (Rsa), Tomasi Cama (Nzl), Tim Mikkelson (Nzl), Samisoni Viriviri (Fji), Werner Kok (Rsa), Seabelo Senatla (Rsa), Perry Baker (USA), Jerry Tuwai (Fji)
Nominees for World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Decade in association with HSBC
Kayla McAlister (Nzl), Emilee Cherry (Aus), Portia Woodman (Nzl), Charlotte Caslick (Aus), Michaela Bylde (Nzl), Ruby Tui (Nzl)
Nominees for International Rugby Players Men’s 15s Try of the Decade
Chris Ashton v Australia, 2010 (Eng), Radike Samo v New Zealand, 2011 (Aus), Bryan Habana v New Zealand, 2012 (Rsa), Beauden Barrett v France, 2013 (Nzl), Francois Hougaard v New Zealand, 2014 (Rsa), Julian Savea v France, 2015 (Nzl), Jamie Heaslip v Italy, 2016 (Ire), Joaquin Tuculet v England, 2017 (Arg), Brodie Retallick v Australia, 2018 (Nzl), TJ Perenara v Namibia, 2019 (Nzl)
Nominees for International Rugby Players Women’s 15s Try of the Decade
Alison Miller v New Zealand, 2014 (Ire), Magali Harvey v France, 2014 (Can), Megan York v France, 2016 (Wal), Danielle Waterman v Canada, 2016 (Eng), Portia Woodman v USA, 2017 (Nzl)