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Woman of the Year shortlist announced
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 – 18:20
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has today announced the shortlist of nominees for the IRB Women’s Personality of the Year award.
Three players have been nominated for the top accolade in the Women’s Game with the winner being announced at this year’s IRB Awards, in association with Emirates Airline.
New Zealand flyhalf Anna Richards, England flanker Margaret Alphonsi and France number eight Delphine Plantet are up for the prestigious prize at the annual ceremony which is being held this year at the historic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland, on November 26.
The IRB Women’s Personality of the Year award rewards the highest achievers in the Women’s Game and with 2006 being a Women’s Rugby World Cup year, the shortlist was selected by the coaches from each of the participating teams at the tournament held in Edmonton.
Previous award winners include New Zealand Black Ferns Captain, Farah Palmer, the world’s most capped women’s player Donna Kennedy and England flyhalf Shelley Rea.
“Women’s Rugby World Cup 2006 was a resounding success and the tournament further highlighted the growing global appeal of the Women’s Game and the significant advances that have been made since the last Women’s Rugby World Cup four years ago,” “said International Rugby Board chairman, Dr Syd Millar.
“The overall competitiveness of the Women’s Game continues to scale new heights and the Women’s Personality of the Year Award presents the IRB with the opportunity to recognise those who made a significant impact in the game during 2006.”
The IRB Women’s Personality of the Year is one of 12 categories of awards that include the IRB Player of the Year, IRB Coach of the Year and IRB Team of the Year.
The event also recognises Age Grade Rugby and there is a special Spirit of Rugby award which honours outstanding contribution to the game.
The shortlist of nominees for the prestigious IRB Player of the Year will be announced at the IRB World Rugby Yearbook 2007 launch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heathrow, London, on November 6.