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The Springboks have done a clean sweep at the annual World Rugby Awards on Sunday when they were got some more recognition for their achievements of 2019.

Rassie Erasmus was named the World Rugby Coach Of The Year after his side won the World Cup on Saturday against England.

Coach Erasmus took over a pretty terrible Springbok side 18 months ago slumping to a new low in their proud history loosing against Italy for the first time and also record defeats against the All Blacks.

Rugby was in a poor state when Erasmus arrived with not just the players but also the supporters divided.

He brought back value and pride in the jersey and got the buy-in from all the payers in his plan to bring Springbok rugby back were it suppose to be.

18 Months ago the Springboks were ranked 7th in the world and today they are not just the World Champions but also the number 1 ranked team in the World.

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The Springboks was named the World Rugby Team Of The Year

We can not say enough of what this team has achieve this season. They have only lost the opening match in this years World Cup against New Zealand winning all the other test in 2019.

They won the Rugby Championship for 2019 and showed their class when they beat the highly favourite England side in the final on Saturday.

With Siya Kolisi leading from the front this Springbok team was not given half a chance to win the World Cup and did just that.

The World Rugby Player Of The Year went to the incredible Pieter Steph Du Toit.

It could not have happened to a better candidate and the Stormers big man reinvented himself the past two years shifting from lock to flank.

Any player will know that on any level such a move is difficult and even more so at international level.

Du Toit wear his heart on his sleeve and give 200% every time all of the time and has been one of the most consistant players not just for his franchise and Springboks but also in the world.

Like I said it could not have happened to a nicer human.

Here are all teh Winners:

 

World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard – Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)

Nominees: Tom Curry (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa), Ardie Savea (New Zealand), Joe Taufete’e (USA)

World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard – Emily Scarratt (England)

Nominees: Sarah Bern (England), Pauline Bourdon (France), Kendra Cocksedge (New Zealand), Katy Daley-Mclean (England)

World Rugby Team of the Year – South Africa

Nominees: England, Japan, New Zealand, Wales

World Rugby Coach of the Year – Rassie Erasmus (South Africa)

Nominees: Warren Gatland (Wales), Steve Hansen (New Zealand), Eddie Jones (England), Jamie Joseph (Japan)

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in association with Tudor – Name (Country)

Nominees: Joe Cokanasiga (England), Herschel Jantjies (South Africa)

World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Jerry Tuwai (Fiji)

Nominees: Folau Niua (USA), Stephen Tomasin (USA)

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Ruby Tui (New Zealand)

Nominees: Sarah Hirini (New Zealand), Tyla Nathan-Wong (New Zealand)

World Rugby Referee Award – Wayne Barnes (England)

Nominees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Nigel Owens (Wales), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Award for Character in association with Land Rover – The city of Kamaishi

Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service – Bernard Lapasset (France)

IRP Try of the Year – TJ Perenara (New Zealand, v Namibia)

Nominees: Charles Ollivon (France, v Wales), Sergio Parisse (Italy, v Russia), Cobus Reinach (South Africa, v Canada)

IRP Special Merit Award – Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Full list of World Rugby Awards winners

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year, in association with Mastercard – Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)
World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year, in association with Mastercard – Emily Scarratt (England)
World Rugby Team of the Year – South Africa
World Rugby Coach of the Year – Rassie Erasmus (South Africa)
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in association with Tudor – Romain Ntamack (France)
World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Jerry Tuwai (Fiji)
World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Ruby Tui (New Zealand)
World Rugby Referee Award – Wayne Barnes (England)
Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service – Bernard Lapasset (France)
Award for Character in association with Land Rover – The city of Kamaishi
IRP Special Merit Award – Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)
IRP Try of the Year – TJ Perenara (New Zealand, v Namibia)

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  1. Actually I must say that Am is fantastic. I was worried cos he doesn’t have outright pace for a 13, but he’s a v clever and slick distributing center. He actually had a hand in both tries and made the first one with two great passes. What a game! What a player!

    Hope Rassie stays in the mix til next RWC and at least closely involved for lions in 2021. What a coach!

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  2. What a historic achievement – from the depth of early 2018 to best team in the WORLD in 2019. Unfortunately, it can only go down from here, so Bok supporters must keep their faith.

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