The New Zealand rugby awards are a farce

The Man in the Stand December 17, 2012, 3:12 pm

I can't see the point in including the top categories in the annual New Zealand Rugby Awards ever again.

Because this year's ceremony proved that from now until the end of time, the All Blacks should clean up the major prizes, whether they deserve them or not.

Of the three major awards handed out a few days back, two were a travesty of what was and is fair and proper.
Steve Hansen shouldn't have won the Best Coach Award.

Chiefs coach, Dave Rennie should have.

The All Blacks shouldn't have won the Best Team Award.

The Chiefs should have.

Richie McCaw won the Best Player Award. And who can argue with that?

The Chiefs convincingly winning the 2012 Super 15 title amounted to an extraordinary feat given their dysfunctional pattern of results in prior years including losing every home game in 2010 under Ian Foster.

This story of triumph that culminated in thrashing the Sharks in the Final was all the more remarkable in that it was Dave Rennie's first year coaching at this level.

This guy has hardly put a foot wrong in his coaching career and is the pick of the crop that's bubbling away behind Hansen and co. as I see it.

Until England ambushed them, the All Blacks were undeniably on track to deserve clean sweeping the top rugby awards for the year by remaining unbeaten throughout the whole of 2012.

But that all changed on December 1st at Twickenham when they were trounced by a confident, cohesive English outfit.

This loss followed a mediocre draw against the last team to have any real chance of beating the All Blacks, the Wallabies in Brisbane.

What was looking like a special year for the men in black ended as a very good year and because of that, I reckon it was pipped in stature by Dave Rennie's born-again Chiefs.

That aside, there is no doubt that the redoubtable Richie McCaw repeatedly deserves his best player status.

In fact, I have no doubt that the claim can be made without hesitation that he is the most skilled, courageous, consistent All Black ever.

And that's an assertion that I defy any fan to refute on logic alone.

Your thoughts please.

Newest First
Oldest First
Top Rated
Most Replies


  1. Madaxeoo110:26pm Sunday 30th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Interesting a soccer fan calling rugby slugby, when soccer fans murder refs an oppisite supporters, burn down stadiums create havoc an terrorise locals an vistors GLOBALLY.Thats not including the drama queen dives ,kissing a hugging while hair pulling each other. When a mother wears the pants in a family an has the say in what sport a child plays they choose pulling an its not so dangerous apparently. Now ask the mothers of the butchered refs an victimized passive supporters an youll hear a different story. When South Africa held the last WC there was a record number of condoms handed out to reduce aids...perhaps SA are foward thinking an asking people to be careful creating idiots like Russell an Skidmark scar...LOL. nothings changed on here. Soccer idiots still trying to kick the shins or pinch a rugby players #$%$..FIND a GIRLFREIND..shezzz.

  2. underarm_bowler08:49pm Wednesday 19th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Anything about NZ is a farce

  3. Russell10:48pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    @rice and lice wharfie tells more truths about slugby than you care to accept , thats the whole problem with rugby fanatics like phillup sam and perplexed they can hand out insults but they cant take it wehen it comes back at them

  4. Russell10:41pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    perlexed and keran do you mean the chiefs ? or are you both happy to show up the limit of your knowledge and keep calling them the "cheifs"

  5. Russell10:35pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    greg ,no nz football is involved in a real world competition where the top standard goes as far as no. 50 , not 5 like slugby. Football IS GLOBAL mugby is nz, plus small patches in A FEW other countries, 2 sinking pacific islands and one under racist rule by its military.

  6. Russell10:27pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    well who else could win it ?the team from willow branch creek, its a joke playing and pretending its the big time . NZ maori aig blacks win the racist team of the year

  7. rkzl10:07pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Spud, the World Cup was last year.

  8. David09:26pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    more B/S if its rugby it rules, over paid sports people, no ther sport gets a look in, they won the cup by 1 point, yeah right

  9. Earl09:24pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    You may have a point with woodcock and nonu, they do seem to have played there best rugby already. But form fluctuates and class lasts does it not?

  10. 09:20pm Monday 17th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    I agree, I know Dave Rennie and he is very passionate about rugby. He is a guy who players can relate to and I think that is the main part of his success. he breeds a great team culture. No doubt in my mind he will coach NZ one day. You doubting Ritchie McCaw either, has there ever been a greater player for his country? No way and that's coming from a hurricne supporter!!!




2015 Super Rugby Tournament

7:35pm NZDT Fri, 3rd April
9:40pm NZDT Fri, 3rd April
7:35pm NZDT Sat, 4th April
9:40pm NZDT Sat, 4th April
2:00am NZDT Sun, 5th April
4:05am NZST Sun, 5th April



2015 NRL Premiership Season

6:00pm NZDT Fri, 3rd April
10:35pm NZDT Fri, 3rd April
7:30pm NZDT Sat, 4th April
9:30pm NZDT Sat, 4th April



2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - ARG v BRA

Set 4

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - CAN v JAP

Set 3
Go Soeda 5 3 3
Vasek Pospisil 7 6 4

2015 Miami Open

2015 Miami Open


2015 Hopman Cup XXVII

2015 Miami Open

2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March

2015 Miami Open

2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March
2:00am NZDT Mon, 30th March



2015 CAF African Cup of Nations

ET (02:00)
Congo DR 0 (4)
Eq. Guinea 0 (2)
Nuevo Estadio de Malabo Live Scores

2015 International Friendlies

H1 (01:00)
Saudi Arabia 0
Jordan 0
Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium Live Scores
H2 (01:15)
Qatar 1
Slovenia 0
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium Live Scores


2015 International Friendlies

Oman 1 - 4 Algeria (FT)

2018 World Cup Qualifying - CONCACAF

Cayman Is. 1 - 1 Belize (FT)

Dominica 0 - 0 Brt. Virgin Is. (FT)

Anguilla 0 - 3 Nicaragua (FT)


2015 International Friendlies

FYR Macedonia v Australia

31 March 6:00am

Puerto Rico v Canada

31 March 10:30am

Japan v Uzbekistan

31 March 9:25pm

Liechtenstein v San Marino

1 April 12:00am

Russia v Kazakhstan

1 April 2:00am

Switzerland v USA

1 April 3:00am