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
Roger Vanderfield Award – Referee of the Year
Nick Farr-Jones – Spirit of Rugby
Dr Bob Wallace
Under 20s Player of the Year
Joe French Award
Nick Farr-Jones AM
Buildcorp NRC Player of the Series
Sean McMahon (Melbourne Rising)
Samu Kerevi (Brisbane City)
Tala Grey (NSW Country Eagles)
Jarrad Butler (UC Viking)
Jack Debreczeni (Melbourne Rising)
Super Rugby Rookie of the Year
Adam Coleman (Western Force)
Alofa Alofa (NSW Waratahs)
Samu Kerevi (Queensland Reds)
JP Smith (ACT Brumbies)
Sean McMahon (Melbourne Rebels)
Super Rugby Referee of the Year
Super Rugby Try of the Year
Israel Folau (v Western Force)
Bernard Foley (v ACT Brumbies)
Kurtley Beale (v Queensland Reds)
Scott Higginbotham (v Cheetahs)
Ben McCalman (v Queensland Reds)
Super Rugby Player of the Year
Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs)
Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies)
Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)
Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs)
Matt Hodgson (Western Force)
Australia’s Choice – Qantas Wallaby of the Year
Women’s Player of the Year
Emilee Cherry (Sevens)
Charlotte Caslick (Sevens)
Sharni Williams (Wallaroos and Sevens)
Louise Burrows (Wallaroos)
Shannon Parry (Wallaroos and Sevens)
Qantas Men’s Seven’s Player of the Year
Qantas Wallabies Rookie of the Year
Qantas Wallaby Try of the Year
Michael Hooper (v France in Sydney)
Nick Cummins (v France in Brisbane)
Kurtley Beale (v France in Brisbane)
Rob Horne (v South Africa in Perth)
Michael Hooper (v France in Brisbane)
John Eales Medal