Five members of the Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad are nominees for the award at the SA Rugby Awards.
The winners will be named early next year, along with the annual Referee of the Year and the Provincial Women’s Player of the Year.

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Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe and Damian Willemse are nominated for the coveted SA Rugby Men’s Player of the Year Award for 2023.

The categories for Coach and Team of the Year are straight shootouts between Jacques Nienaber and the Springboks, John Dobson and the DHL Stormers, and Hawies Fourie and the Toyota Cheetahs.

SA RUGBY AWARDS NOMINEES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

SA Rugby Men’s Player of the Year
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Eben Etzebeth
Siya Kolisi
Frans Malherbe
Damian Willemse

Springbok Women’s Player of the Year
Aseza Hele
Libbie Janse van Rensburg
Babalwa Latsha
Rights Mkhari
Nadine Roos

SA Rugby Young Player of the Year
Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (DHL Stormers)
Jaden Hendrikse (Springboks / Hollywoodbets Sharks)
Canan Moodie (Springboks / Vodacom Bulls)
Evan Roos (Springboks / DHL Stormers)
Ruan Venter (Emirates Lions)

Springbok Sevens Men’s Player of the Year
Ricardo Duarttee
Christie Grobbelaar
Shilton van Wyk

Junior Springbok Player of the Year
Corne Beets
Paul de Villiers
Damian Markus

Team of the Year
Toyota Cheetahs (Currie Cup)
Springboks
DHL Stormers (Vodacom URC)

Coach of the Year
John Dobson (DHL Stormers)
Hawies Fourie (Toyota Cheetahs)
Jacques Nienaber (Springboks)

Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year
Tinus de Beer (Airlink Pumas)
Ruan Pienaar (Toyota Cheetahs)
Devon Williams (Airlink Pumas)

Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year
Keagan Fortune (Valke)
Darian Hock (Boland Kavaliers)
Cameron Hufke (Boland Kavaliers

Springbok player Eben Etzebeth has won the SA Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2022 at the SA Rugby Awards following a string of excellent performances last year.

Etzebeth, who made his Test debut in 2012 and reached his 100th Test against Wales in July earned the award for the first time. He narrowly lost out to Springbok captain Siya Kolisi in 2021.

The OUTsurance Referee of the Year, for a second successive season, is Aimee Barrett-Theron, who represented South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

FULL LIST OF 2022 SA RUGBY AWARDS WINNERS

SA Rugby Player of the Year: Eben Etzebeth

Finalists: Lukhanyo Am, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe

SA Rugby Young Player of the Year: Canan Moodie (Springboks / Vodacom Bulls)

Finalists: Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (Junior Springboks / South Africa ‘A’ / DHL Stormers), Jaden Hendrikse (Springboks / Cell C Sharks), Evan Roos (Springboks / DHL Stormers), Henco van Wyk (South Africa ‘A’ / Emirates Lions)

Springbok Women’s Player of the Year: Nadine Roos

Finalists: Lusanda Dumke, Aseza Hele, Zintle Mpupha, Aphiwe Ngwevu

Sevens Player of the Year: JC Pretorius

Finalists: Selvyn Davids, Zain Davids

Junior Springbok Player of the Year: Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu

Finalists: Suleiman Hartzenberg, Ruan Venter

Team of the Year: DHL Stormers

Finalists: Airlink Pumas, Springboks

Coach of the Year: John Dobson (DHL Stormers)

Finalists: Jacques Nienaber (Springboks), Jimmy Stonehouse (Airlink Pumas)

Carling Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Sebastian de Klerk (Airlink Pumas)

Finalists: Willie Engelbrecht (Airlink Pumas), Devon Williams (Airlink Pumas)

SA Rugby Awards winner and Springbok lock Eben Etzbeth in action
Springbok lock Eben Etzbeth in action

Carling Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year: Jaywinn Juries (Down Touch Griffons)

Finalists: Jaiden Baron (Boland Kavaliers), Duan Pretorius (Down Touch Griffons)

Provincial Women’s Player of the Year: Lusanda Dumke (Border Ladies)

OUTsurance Referee of the Year: Aimee Barrett-Theron

Vodacom United Rugby Championship Player of the Season: Evan Roos (DHL Stormers)

Finalists: Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Marcell Coetzee (Vodacom Bulls), Warrick Gelant (DHL Stormers), Ruan Nortje (Vodacom Bulls), Vincent Tshituka

SA RUGBY LAUDS SPRINGBOK LOCK EBEN ETZEBETH

President of SA Rugby, Mark Alexander, congratulated the winners and applauded their achievements.

“Eben has been a Springbok stalwart for more than a decade and it’s just amazing to see how he keeps getting better with age,” he said.

“Playing with maturity and providing valuable leadership to the Springboks,” Alexander.

“The Boks are building on depth and experience with an eye on the Rugby World Cup later this year, and I think they are in a good space under the coaching of Jacques Nienaber and the captaincy of Siya, but Eben’s role can’t be underestimated as he is not only the most experienced member of the squad, but he also sets the example for younger players and was widely regarded as one of the best players on the planet last year.”

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Three experienced Springboks were nominated for the coveted SA Rugby Player of the Year Award for the SA Rugby Awards 2022.

Lukhanyo Am, Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi are the players gunning for the converted award. 

This is for a second year running at the SA Rugby Awards. They will be up against Kurt-Lee Arendse and Frans Malherbe after the quintet of Boks earned the most votes in the nomination process.

SA Rugby announced the SA Rugby Awards nominees in nine categories on Wednesday.

Springbok captain Kolisi won the award for a stellar 2021 season. Along with Etzebeth, who became the seventh player to earn his 100th Springbok Test cap this year, and Am, whose influence was crucial before he picked up a season-ending injury in August, the trio were central to the Boks’ efforts in 2022.

STERLING PERFORMANCES 

Former Blitzbok star Arendse was sublime in his debut season for the Boks and scored seven tries in as many Tests. The ever-reliant Malherbe was a rock in the pack and he quietly went about his job of putting the Boks on the front-foot from the first phase.

For the first time, media and SA Rugby stakeholders also voted for the Springbok Women’s Player of the Year. The five nominees all played in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in October – last year’s winner Lusanda Dumke, 2019 winner Aseza Hele, as well as Zintle Mpupha, Aphiwe Ngwevu and Nadine Roos.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi

The next generation of national players were nominated in the category for Young Player of the Year, which only takes into consideration Under-23s. They are Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Jaden Hendrikse, Canan Moodie, Evan Roos and Henco van Wyk.

Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu was also nominated in the category for Junior Springbok Player of the Year. Same category as Suleiman Hartzenberg and Ruan Venter.

And the three Blitzboks who were nominated for the Springbok Sevens Player of the Year Award are Selvyn Davids, Zain Davids and JC Pretorius.

GOOD SEASON FOR BOKS

After a good season in which they won eight Test out of 13 and had close defeats to the top two teams in the world. The Springboks are in Teams of the Year, with the DHL Stormers, winners of the inaugural Vodacom United Rugby Championship, and the Carling Currie Cup champions, the Airlink Pumas, the two other nominated sides.

These three teams’ coaches, John Dobson (DHL Stormers), Jacques Nienaber (Springboks) and Jimmy Stonehouse (Airlink Pumas) also got the most votes in the category for Coach of the Year.

The Airlink Pumas’ domestic triumph was reflected in the nominations for Carling Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year, with three men from Mpumalanga up against each other for the award – Sebastiaan de Klerk, Willie Engelbrecht and Devon Williams.

And in the final category, Jaywinn Juries and Duan Pretorius of eventual champions, the Down Touch Griffons, are up against Jaiden Baron of the Boland Kavaliers for the Carling Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year award.

The award for the Player of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship will be made at the conclusion of the competition next year.

SA RUGBY AWARDS NOMINEES:

SA Rugby Player of the Year

Lukhanyo Am

Kurt-Lee Arendse

Eben Etzebeth

Siya Kolisi

Frans Malherbe

Springbok Women’s Player of the Year

Lusanda Dumke

Aseza Hele

Zintle Mpupha

Aphiwe Ngwevu

Nadine Roos

SA Rugby Young Player of the Year

Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (Junior Springboks / South Africa ‘A’ / DHL Stormers)

Jaden Hendrikse (Springboks / Cell C Sharks)

Canan Moodie (Springboks / Vodacom Bulls)

Evan Roos (Springboks / DHL Stormers)

Henco van Wyk (South Africa ‘A’ / Emirates Lions)

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year

Selvyn Davids

Zain Davids

JC Pretorius

Junior Springbok Player of the Year

Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu

Suleiman Hartzenberg

Ruan Venter

Team of the Year

Airlink Pumas

DHL Stormers

Springboks

Coach of the Year

John Dobson (DHL Stormers)

Jacques Nienaber (Springboks)

Jimmy Stonehouse (Airlink Pumas)

Carling Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year

Sebastiaan de Klerk (Airlink Pumas)

Willie Engelbrecht (Airlink Pumas)

Devon Williams (Airlink Pumas)

Carling Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year

Jaiden Baron (Boland Kavaliers)

Jaywinn Juries (Down Touch Griffons)

Duan Pretorius (Down Touch Griffons