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World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Jerry Tuwai (Fiji)
Fijian playmaker Jerry Tuwai was nominated for the third year running after once again carving open defences at will with his vision and step, making the most of his diminutive frame to dart through gaps to create opportunities for himself or those around him.
He may no longer have the captain’s armband but he is still the heartbeat of the Fijian side, helping them win titles in Cape Town, Hamilton, Hong Kong, London and Paris and a third series title for himself. The 30-year-old also featured in the HSBC Dream Team for the third year in a row.
Nominees: Folau Niua (USA), Stephen Tomasin (USA)
World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in association with HSBC – Ruby Tui (New Zealand)
A powerful runner and tireless worker at the breakdown, Ruby Tui is one of the first names down on coach Allan Bunting’s team sheet and someone who never gives less than 100 per cent for the Black Ferns Sevens’ cause. The 27-year-old, like her fellow nominees, was named in the HSBC Dream Team for the 2019 series, having started every match and scored 15 tries in their title-winning season. A New Zealand team without Tui in it is not as scary a prospect for teams, not only for her physicality but the way she inspires others around her with her performances.
Nominees: Sarah Hirini (New Zealand), Tyla Nathan-Wong (New Zealand)