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World Rugby Awards 2021: Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year unveiled

Wed, 08/12/2021, 4:10 am
Oceania Rugby
by Oceania Rugby

The Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard have been announced with Antoine Dupont (France) and Zoé Aldcroft (England) scooping the two prestigious categories and putting an end to a week of celebration.

World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year 2021 in association with Mastercard: Zoe Aldcroft (England)

Named England captain for the first time on her 25th birthday, Zoe Aldcroft led the Red Roses to an 89-0 victory over the USA and marked the occasion with a try. Equally comfortable in the second row or on the blindside, she has established herself in a powerful England pack with assured performances that make her one of the first names on Simon Middleton’s team list. Aldcroft started all eight of England’s matches in 2021 as the Red Roses extended their unbeaten run to 18 tests and won a third successive Women’s Six Nations title.

Nominees: Caroline Boujard (France), Poppy Cleall (England), Laure Sansus (France)

World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year 2021 in association with Mastercard: Antoine Dupont (France)

The first Frenchman to win the prestigious award since Thierry Dusautoir in 2011, scrum-half Antoine Dupont received two-thirds of the public vote, having been at the heart of a fast-developing young French team capturing the imagination ahead of a home Rugby World Cup in 2023. The 25-year-old’s reading of the game, allied with his passing speed and turn of pace, invariably mean he’s in the right place to start or finish off a flowing French attack. He crossed for three tries in the Six Nations and then was handed the captaincy for the Autumn Nations Series, leading France to three wins, including a first over New Zealand on home soil since 2000.

Nominees: Michael Hooper (Australia), Maro Itoje (England/British and Irish Lions), Samu Kerevi (Australia)