Beauden Barrett Ardie Savea voted All Blacks player of the year by his peers

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Ardie Savea has been voted the best All Black of 2019 in this year’s New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) awards.

Savea had a superb Super Rugby campaign for the Hurricanes and was in top form for the All Blacks in the international season which culminated with the Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

The loose forward, who could miss most of Super Rugby in 2020 following knee surgery, was chosen by his peers as the best international men’s player in the 2019 NZRPA awards. 

Beauden Barrett All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea scoring against England in the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

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All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea scoring against England in the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

Also nominated in that category were Savea’s All Blacks team-mates, Beauden Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Kieran Reid and Codie Taylor, who had to settle for third at the World Cup last month after their 19-7 semifinal defeat to England. 

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Savea was also nominated for the World Rugby player of the year award but Springboks loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit picked up that gong after South Africa won their third World Cup in Japan. 

Other winners in the NZRPA awards were Black Fern Charmaine McMenamin, All Blacks and Crusaders winger Sevu Reece won the Super Rugby prize, and Bay of Plenty’s Chase Tiatia

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