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Cape Town –Ardie Saveacollected three awards at New Zealand Rugby’s annual awards event in Auckland on Thursday.

Savea, who underwent knee surgery on Thursday and was not able to attend the ceremony, was named the Super Rugby Player of the Year, the All Blacks Player of the Year (a new award), before being crowned as the Player of the Year.
 
Savea reached a new level of play in 2019, starting eight of the All Blacks 10 Test matches, and he showed strength and versatility across the back row.

Three-peat Crusaders coach Scott Robertson won his first National Coach of the Year Award, while the 10-time champions won a consecutive National Team of the Year award.

New Zealand Rugby Award Winners 2019

New Zealand Rugby Referee of the Year

Winner: Paul Williams
•    Rebecca Mahoney (Wairarapa Bush)
•    Ben O’Keeffe (Wellington)

Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Ian Spraggon (Bay of Plenty)
•    Sue Mitchell (Taranaki)
•    Kevin Pulley (Wellington)

New Zealand Rugby Age Grade Player of the Year

Winner: Fletcher Newell (Canterbury)

•    Zach Gallagher (Canterbury)
•    Tupou Vaa’i (Taranaki)

Mitre 10 Heartland Championship Player of the Year

Winner: Josh Clark (North Otago)
•    Campbell Hart (Whanganui)
•    Robbie Smith (North

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