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How World Rugby Player of the Year gets decided

by Giga
World Rugby Player of the Year gets decided

The announcement of the nominations brought serious discussion from fans of Springboks and All Blacks. The World’s Number one and Number 2 sides that none of their players were included

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Many have wondered how the nomination process worked. During House Of Rugby podcast Goode questioned if all of four nominees, Samu Kerevi should be included as he missed the Autumn Rugby Series

“The reality is, what happens is, every game is watched. Every international match is watched, through this [judging] panel. You all get allocated games and you get to award three points for the best player, two points for the second best and one point for the third best.

“What tends to often happen – unless there is a stand-out player of the year like Dan Carter or Beauden Barrett – is the All Blacks and South Africans have so many good players that the points are almost evenly distributed. When England play, you’re going to pick Itoje or Tom Curry. Antoine Dupont is nearly getting three points in every game.

“Occasionally it gets skewed against our friends, the All Blacks, but they try their best to find a way to counter-balance it. But if you’re just awarding on points per game, it’s tough to sometimes factor in the quality of the players you are playing with, and the quality of the opposition.”

South African Legend John Smith was a member of the World Rugby panel to nominate the means Player of the year. respond question in his social media Account explaining that each panelist voted for their top three players, which carried a certain points allocation

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