Pollard nominated for three SARU Player of Year categories

Handré Pollard. Photo: Supplied

HANDRé Pollard, who is only 20-years-old, has been nominated in three categories of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Player of the Year Awards; Saru player of the year, Absa young player of the year and South African u/20 player of the year.

Nizaam Carr and Handré Pollard lead the full list of nominees released by Saru for their annual Rugby Player of the Year Awards, which will take place on February 8 in Midrand.

Carr and Pollard, both of whom made their test debuts for the Springboks this season, were each nominated in three categories.

The 23-year-old Carr has been nominated in the Saru player of the year, Absa young player of the year and Absa Currie Cup premier division player of the year categories.

Pollard, who is only 20-years-old, has been nominated in the categories for Saru player of the year, Absa young player of the year and South African u/20 player of the year.

Vodacom Blue Bulls centre, Jan Serfontein, was also nominated in the Absa young player of the year category and Jesse Kriel in theSouth African u/20 player of the year category.

Hot on their heels, with two nominations each, are fellow Springboks Duane Vermeulen and Marcell Coetzee; both in the categories for Saru player of the year and Super Rugby player of the year. Springbok sevens ace, Seabelo Senatla, was nominated in the categories Absa young player of the year and South African sevens player of the year.

Neil Powell, Allister Coetzee and Johann Ackermann will battle it out for the title of Absa coach of the year, while their respective teams, the Springbok sevens, DHL Western Province and Xerox Golden Lions have been nominated with the Springboks and junior Springboks in the category for Absa team of the year.

Nominations in aphabetical order:

SARU Rugby Player of the Year:

• Nizaam Carr;

• Marcell Coetzee;

• Willie le Roux;

• Handré Pollard, and

• Duane Vermeulen.

Absa Young Player of the Year:

• Nizaam Carr;

• Cheslin Kolbe;

• Handré Pollard;

• Seabelo Senatla, and

• Jan Serfontein.

Absa Team of the Year:

• Springboks;

• Junior Springboks;

• Springbok sevens;

• Xerox Golden Lions (Absa Currie Cup), and

• DHL Western Province (Absa Currie Cup).

Absa Coach of the Year:

• Johann Ackermann;

• Allister Coetzee, and

• Neil Powell, Springbok sevens.

SA Under-20 Player of the Year:

• Thomas du Toit;

• Jesse Kriel, and

• Handré Pollard.

SA Sevens Player of the Year:

• Branco du Preez;

• Frankie Horne, and

• Seabelo Senatla.

Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year:

• Marcell Coetzee;

• Duane Vermeulen, and

• Warren Whiteley.

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:

• Renaldo Bothma;

• Jonathan Francke, and

• Lizo Gqoboka.

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:

• Nizaam Carr;

• Juan de Jongh, and

• Jaco Kriel.

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:

• Boela Abrahams;

• Sylvian Mahuza, and

• Dillon Smit.

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