New awards announced to recognise top provincial rugby players
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 allblacks.com
“Their commitment, leadership and passion for the game is everything these competitions stand for and it will be a great privilege for our best players to be awarded a medal in their honour.
“Although these players proudly wore their own provincial colours, there is no doubt their contribution to the spirit and legacy of the national provincial competitions, can be celebrated by all unions," Lancaster said.
Fa’amausili is currently captaining the Black Ferns for her fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup, and is set to become the first Black Fern to reach 50 Test caps, and potentially the first woman to bring up 100 provincial matches when she returns to play for the Auckland Storm in September.
The Player of the Year awards will be determined by a season-points system, with match officials picking their players of the match awarding three points, two points and one point for the game’s top three performers. A season scoreboard will keep track of the tally, with the players sitting at the top of each chart to be announced as the winners at the ASB Rugby Awards on 14 December. Previously the provincial player of the year has been determined at the end of the season by a judging panel.
The medals have been designed by renowned Maori artist Dave Burke, who has previously worked with New Zealand Rugby to design the Maori All Blacks jersey.
The concept was to create a medal that was befitting of New Zealand heritage that honoured hard work, dedication, commitment to the game and team mates and having mana on and off the field.
Medal Design Elements
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