Nominees unveiled for World Rugby Awards 2022

Nominees unveiled for World Rugby Awards 2022

World Rugby is unveiling the shortlists for the prestigious World Rugby Awards 2022, which will be presented in Monaco on Sunday, 20 November.

Following a stellar year for international rugby culminating in a record-breaking Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand, nominees for the sport’s ultimate accolade feature players, coaches and unsung heroes who have made their mark on 2022 both on and off the field.


Selected by the star-studded World Rugby Awards panels, nominees in nine categories will be announced throughout the day.

The other categories to be awarded next Sunday are the World Rugby Referee Award, World Rugby Coach of the Year, Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service and the popular World Rugby Men’s and Women's 15s Dream Teams of the Year in partnership with Capgemini.

Twelve countries are represented among the nominees in Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Fiji, France, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, with Ireland having the most representatives with eight. Australia are also rewarded for their performances on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and at Rugby World Cup Sevens this year with five nominees in the Men’s and Women’s Sevens Player of the Year categories.


Returning to a physical format for the first time since the pandemic, the 22nd World Rugby Awards will be handed to their recipients on 20 November from 19:30 CET. Stars and legends from 15s and Sevens will gather in the iconic Salle des Étoiles for a magnificent ceremony under the High Patronage of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco.

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World Rugby Women’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year
To be unveiled on 14 November at 9:00 GMT

  • Maud Muir (ENG)
  • Vitalina Naikore (FIJ)
  • Maiakawanakaulani Roos (NZL)
  • Ruby Tui (NZL)

Already a star in sevens, Ruby Tui took 15s by storm in 2022, scoring eight tries in nine tests ahead of the RWC 2021 final. Black Ferns team-mate Maiakawanakaulani Roos, meanwhile, cemented her place in the New Zealand second-row with a string of commanding performances. Roos is the youngest player on the list, born 15 days after England prop Maud Muir, who featured in all 13 of the Red Roses’ matches in 2022. Vitalina Naikore was one of the standout players for Fijiana in both their victorious Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship campaign and debut appearance at Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby Men’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year
To be unveiled on 14 November at 9:30 GMT

  • Henry Arundell (ENG)
  • Ange Capuozzo (ITA)
  • Mark Hansen (IRE)
  • Dan Sheehan (IRE)

Three back-three players who have set pulses racing over the past year and an exciting hooker make up the nominees. Having broken into the Ireland team during the men’s Six Nations, Dan Sheehan and Mack Hansen each played an integral role in the series win against New Zealand in July. Italy full-back Ange Capuozzo scored twice on his debut and then set up the match-winning try as the Azzurri secured a first win against Wales in 15 years. Henry Arundell made an instant impact on test rugby, scoring a try within six minutes of coming on to win his first England cap, against Australia in July.

World Rugby Coach of the Year
To be unveiled on 14 November at 10:30 GM

International Rugby Players Women’s Try of the Year
To be unveiled on 14 November at 12:00 GM

International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year
To be unveiled on 14 November at 12:30 GMT

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC
To be unveiled on 14 November at 14:00 GMT

World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC
To be unveiled on 14 November at 14:30 GMT

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard
To be unveiled on 14 November at 18:00 GMT

World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard
To be unveiled on 14 November at 18:30 GMT

Categories to be awarded on Sunday, 20 November, 2022

  • World Rugby Referee Award
  • International Rugby Players Special Merit Award
  • Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service
  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in partnership with Capgemini
  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in partnership with Capgemini

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