World Rugby has unveiled the shortlists for the
Males’s and Ladies’s Sevens Gamers of the Yr 2018 awards in
affiliation with HSBC.
 The winners will obtain their award on the World Rugby
Awards on the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.
The shortlists characteristic gamers from 4 nations, together with
three earlier recipients of the distinguished award, with 5 of
them having featured within the dream groups for the HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Collection 2018 or Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.
The nominees for the World Rugby Males’s Sevens Participant of
the Yr 2018 in affiliation with HSBC are: Perry Baker (USA), Ben
O’Donnell (Australia) and Jerry Tuwai (Fiji).
The
nominees for the World Rugby Ladies’s Sevens Participant of the Yr
2018 in affiliation with HSBC are: Michaela Blyde (New Zealand),
Sarah Goss (New Zealand) and Portia Woodman (New Zealand).
Each shortlists have been chosen by gamers, match officers
and commentators on the lads’s and ladies’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Collection and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.

WORLD RUGBY MEN’S SEVENS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
PERRY BAKER (USA)
The oldest
of the nominees at 32 and the 2017 recipient of this prestigious
award, Perry Baker was at his scintillating finest in Las Vegas in
March, scoring eight tries – six of them within the knockout phases –
as USA tasted success on residence soil for the primary time. The Eagles
flyer has all the time had electrical tempo and the flexibility to create
one thing out of nothing, however now has the all-round recreation to go
along with his pure pace to make him much more of a deadly finisher.
The gang favorite scored 37 tries in seven occasions on the 2018
sequence, lacking the finale in Europe as a consequence of harm earlier than
returning to assist USA to sixth place at RWC Sevens in San
Francisco.

BEN O’DONNELL (AUSTRALIA)
Australia’s Ben
O’Donnell loved a debut season to recollect on the sequence in
2018, scoring 32 tries throughout 9 rounds – together with two within the
HSBC Sydney Sevens remaining because the hosts secured a primary Cup title in
six years. Nominated for the Rookie of the Yr award, O’Donnell
was the DHL Influence Participant on three events and runner-up for the
sequence accolade. A strong runner with the flexibility to return off
each toes, the 23-year-old is a continuing risk to opponents with
his work-rate and starvation to get his palms on the ball making him a
key determine for Australia.

JERRY TUWAI (FIJI)
Fijian playmaker Jerry Tuwai earns a nomination
for the second yr working after as soon as once more carving open defences
at will along with his imaginative and prescient and step, profiting from his
diminutive body to dart by means of gaps to create alternatives for
himself or these round him. The 29-year-old led Fiji to 5
titles on the 2018 sequence, together with 4 in a row from Vancouver
to London, and scored 25 tries alongside the way in which to additionally earn a spot
within the HSBC Dream Workforce for the sequence. Fiji missed out on the
total sequence title by two factors to South Africa, needed to settle
for silver within the Commonwealth Video games after which completed fourth at
RWC Sevens, however Tuwai all the time performs with a smile on his face. 
WORLD RUGBY WOMEN’S
SEVENS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
MICHAELA BLYDE (NEW
ZEALAND)
The youngest nominee at solely 22, Michaela Blyde is in
competition to win the award for the second yr working after
one other spectacular season with the Black Ferns Sevens that noticed her
named within the HSBC Dream Groups for each the sequence and RWC Sevens.
The DHL Influence Participant of the Collection for a second time in 2018,
Blyde scored 37 tries throughout the 5 rounds – second solely to
team-mate Woodman – as New Zealand completed as runners-up after
profitable the Kitakyushu, Langford and Paris rounds. Blyde, blessed
with electrical tempo and fast toes, scored one other 9 to assist New
Zealand declare back-to-back RWC Sevens titles in San Francisco,
together with a hat-trick within the remaining towards France. The season additionally
noticed her win an historic gold medal on the Commonwealth Video games.
SARAH GOSS (NEW ZEALAND)
The inspirational captain of the
Black Ferns Sevens for the final 4 years, Sarah Goss led her
facet to an historic gold medal on the Commonwealth Video games in April,
event victories in Kitakyushu, Langford and Paris and a
profitable defence of the RWC Sevens crown in a run of 27
consecutive wins. The 25-year-old, who began each match within the
2018 sequence, has a tireless work ethic which, mixed together with her
dogged defence and imaginative and prescient, allows her to unlock defences for
herself and her team-mates. Goss was named within the HSBC Dream Workforce
for RWC Sevens in San Francisco after additionally receiving the UL Mark
of Excellence as the very best participant within the event.
PORTIA
WOODMAN (NEW ZEALAND)
The one participant to be named World Rugby
Ladies’s Participant of the Yr in each sevens (2015) and 15s (2017),
Portia Woodman was at her devastating finest within the 2018 sequence to
end as each the highest strive scorer and level scorer with 43 and 215
respectively throughout the 5 occasions. The previous netballer could have
moved into the forwards in sevens, however together with her blistering tempo,
unbelievable footwork and energy she stays a risk from anyplace
on the pitch, leaving others in her wake to attain herself or
create alternatives for her team-mates. The 27-year-old’s
shows inevitably earned her a spot within the HSBC Dream Workforce for
each the sequence and RWC Sevens.
World Rugby
Chairman Invoice Beaumont mentioned: “Rugby sevens is a fan-favourite and
this yr now we have loved one other unimaginable season of males’s and
girls’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Collection and, in fact, a
record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco. These distinctive sevens athletes have been on the coronary heart of
the success story, inspiring a brand new technology of followers and gamers
with their ability and athleticism. All are very good ambassadors for
our sport and can play an enormous half within the sevens success story
for a lot of seasons to return.”
These awards are two of 13
classes of awards, together with the World Rugby Males’s and Ladies’s
Gamers of the Yr, World Rugby Workforce of the Yr, World Rugby
Breakthrough Participant of the Yr and Award for Character.

Rugby footage:

Footage from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,

Footage from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,

Footage from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Kong Sevens,

Footage of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,

Footage of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Video games Qualifier in Hong
Kong,

Footage of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,

Footage from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,

Footage of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,

Footage of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
Footage
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Footage of
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.

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