Nine names were added to the award nomination lists following end of year tours for the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks and Black Ferns. The winners of all categories will be announced at the Steinlager Rugby Awards at the SKY City Convention Centre, this Friday 14 December.
The nominations for the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year award are 116-Test All Black and captain Richie McCaw, the ever-powerful No. 8 Kieran Read and explosive centre Conrad Smith all named today. The award was won by Jerome Kaino in 2011 and Kieran Read the year before.
The Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year nominations are All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg (Ngati Kahungunu), loose forward Liam Messam (Ngai Tuhoe) and halfback Aaron Smith (Ngati Kahungunu). This award was won by All Blacks and Whakatohea halfback Piri Weepu in 2011.
Police officers Selica Winiata (first-five eighth, Manawatu) and Fiao'o Fa'amausili (hooker, Auckland), were two of the Black Ferns named as nominees for the NZRU Women's Player of the Year award alongside versatile Auckland and Black Ferns loose forward and lock Rawinia Everitt. Fa'amausili, who captained the side on their England tour this year, won the award last year.
The Steinlager Salver award, the annual presentation recognising a person's exceptional contribution to New Zealand rugby, will be revealed on the night.
2012 Steinlager Rugby Awards Nominees
ADDITIONAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED TODAY
Kel Tremain Memorial Player of the Year:
Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year:
NZRU Women's Player of the Year:
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED NOMINATIONS
Investec Super Rugby Player of the Year:
Craig Clarke (Chiefs)
Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)
Conrad Smith (Hurricanes)
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year:
Tomasi Cama (Manawatu)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Lote Raikabula (Wellington)
NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year:
NZRU Referee of the Year:
Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year:
Bill Anderson (Southland)
Jim Lonergan (Auckland)
Ray Watson (Bay of Plenty)
ITM Cup Player of the Year:
Robbie Fruean (Canterbury)
Tim Nanai-Williams (Counties Manukau)
Charles Piutau (Auckland)
Heartland Championship Player of the Year:
Ben Coman (Buller)
Tau Moeke (East Coast)
Peter Rowe (Wanganui)
New Zealand Rugby Coach of the Year:
Steve Hansen (All Blacks)
Dave Rennie (Chiefs)
Gordon Tietjens (All Blacks Sevens)
adidas Team of the Year:
To be announced on the night