November 01, 2017
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Tuwai shortlisted for top 7s award

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s playmaker Jerry Tuwai has been shortlisted for the 2017 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year award which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 26 November.

The 28-year-old who was one of the stars of Fiji’s Olympic Games gold medal winning team featured strongly in the 2016-17 World Sevens Series and scored some match winning tries.

He carved open defences at will with his vision and step, making the most of his diminutive frame to dart through gaps- and do all this with a smile on his face always.

Other nominees for the top award are USA speedster Perry Baker and South Africa’s Rosko Specman.

To date, Samisoni Viriviri is the only Fiji Airways Fiji 7s player to bag the award. He won in 2014.

Semi Kunatani and former Captain Osea Kolinisau were nominated in 2015 and last year respectively but the awards were scooped by South Africans Werner Kok (2015) and Seabelo Senatla (2016).

The nominees for the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2017 are Michaela Blyde (New Zealand), Ghislaine Landry (Canada) and Ruby Tui (New Zealand).

The nominees in both categories were selected by participating team managers, match officials and commentators on the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17.

Previous World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year award winners:

2016 – Charlotte Caslick (Australia)
2015 – Portia Woodman (New Zealand)
2014 – Emilee Cherry (Australia)
2013 – Kayla McAlister (New Zealand)

Previous World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year award winners:

2016 – Seabelo Senatla (South Africa)
2015 – Werner Kok (South Africa)
2014 – Samisoni Viriviri (Fiji)
2013 – Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand)
2012 – Tomasi Cama (New Zealand)
2011 – Cecil Afrika (South Africa)
2010 – Mikaele Pesamino (Samoa)
2009 – Ollie Phillips (England)
2008 – DJ Forbes (New Zealand)
2007 – Afeleke Pelenise (New Zealand)
2006 – Uale Mai (Samoa)
2005 – Orene Ai’i (New Zealand)
2004 – Simon Amor (England)

By Reginald Chandar


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