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All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea was a triple winner at the New Zealand Rugby awards on Thursday night.
Savea was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Auckland due to undergoing knee surgery on Thursday, but that didn’t stop him winning Super Rugby player of the year, All Blacks player of the year and the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial overall player of the year.
The All Blacks player of the year was a new award after Kendra Cocksedge became the first woman to win the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial last year, meaning there was no men’s player of the year.
The woman’s player of the year was changed to Black Ferns player of the year this year and won by Charmaine McMenamin.
* Ardie Savea voted All Blacks player of the year by his peers
* Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown finalists for All Blacks POY
* Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge the first woman to win NZ Rugby’s top player award
Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Hirini became the first woman to win the Tom French Memorial award for Māori player of the year. The award was first given out in 1949.
Hirini was beaten to Black Ferns Sevens player of the year by Tyla Nathan-Wong, while Tone Ng Shiu was the All Blacks Sevens player of the year.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was beaten to New Zealand coach of the year by the Black Ferns Sevens coaches Cory Sweeney and Allan Bunting.
The New Zealand team of the year foll
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