John Eales Medal award nominees revealed

Posted @ 10/22/2014    By ARU Media Unit
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On Thursday night, the ARU will be hosting its prestigious John Eales Medal awards ceremony in Sydney, an evening which identifies and congratulates the men and women who have shown true capability both on and off the field in Australian Rugby.

The event’s centerpiece, the John Eales Medal, is an annual award given to the recipient who has been considered the most outstanding performing player across the last 12 months within the Qantas Wallabies squad.

Last year, current Wallabies captain Michael Hooper took home the award and could go back-to-back having been revealed as a nominee yet again.

Along with Hooper, Qantas Wallaby team-mates Israel Folau, Stephen Moore, James Slipper and Tevita Kuridrani will also be in the running for Australian Rugby’s biggest individual accolade.

Along with the John Eales Medal, new inductees will be entered into the Wallabies Hall of Fame to immortalise their contribution to Australian Rugby based on their sportsmanship, commitment, character and personal contribution to their team and the game in their era.

Throughout the evening, there will also be a number of other awards presented, dignifying the men and women who make the game possible.

Such awards include the HSBC Volunteer of the Year, The Shawn Mackay Award – Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, the Buildcorp NRC Player of the Series, Super Rugby Try of the Year, Qantas Wallabies Rookie of the Year, as well as many more.

Nominees for the awards to be presented:

HSBC Volunteer of the Year

Jessie Treherne

Bill Coulter

Chris Hicks

Roger Vanderfield Award – Referee of the Year

Steve Walsh

Matt O’Brian

Amy Perrett

Nick Farr-Jones – Spirit of Rugby

Tatafu Polata-Nau                   Wayne Ericson                        Geoff Larkham

Andrew Purchas                      David Brockoff                         Pat McCabe

Gary Speckman                       Stephen Rowntree                  Henry Speight

Br Bob Wallace                        Al Baxter                                 James Horwill

Matt Hodgson                          Warren Robilliard                     Wayne Londema

Under 20s Player of the Year

Jim Stewart

Rowen Perry

Sean McMahon

Buildcorp NRC Player of the Series

Sean McMahon                        Samu Kerevi

Tala Grey                                 Jarrad Butler

Jack Debreczeni         

Super Rugby Rookie of the Year

Adam Coleman                         Alofa Alofa

Samu Kerevi                             JP Smith

Sean McMahon           

Super Rugby Referee of the Year

Angus Gardner

Rohan Hoffman

Steve Walsh

Super Rugby Try of the Year

 Israel Folau                              Bernard Foley

 Kurtley Beale                           Scott Higginbotham

 Ben McCalman

Super Rugby Player of the Year

Bernard Foley                          Matt Toomua

Israel Folau                              Michael Hooper

Matt Hodgson

Australia’s Choice – Qantas Wallaby of the Year

Adam Ashley-Cooper               Matt Toomua

Israel Folau                              Michael Hooper

James Slipper

Women’s Player of the Year

Emilee Cherry                          Charlotte Caslick

Sharni Williams                         Louise Burrows

Shannon Parry

Qantas Men’s Seven’s Player of the Year

Con Foley                                Ed Jenkins

Cameron Clark                        Greg Jeloudev

Jesse Parahi

Qantas Wallabies Rookie of the Year

Sam Carter                              Laurie Weeks                           

Luke Jones                              Will Skelton

Nathan Charles                        Jake Schatz

Qantas Wallaby Try of the Year

Michael Hooper                       Nick Cummins

Kurtley Beale                           Rob Horne

Michael Hooper

John Eales Medal

Israel Folau                              Michael Hooper

Stephen Moore                         Tevita Kuridrani

James Slipper




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