Glasgow Plays Host To Prestigious Awards

One of the most prestigious events in the international sporting calendar, the IRB Awards, will this year be held on 26 November in Glasgowa?'s historic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow later this year with the support of Glasgow City Council, Event Scotland and UK Sport and today International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the nominees in three of 12 categories to be recognised at the 2006 IRB Awards, Shortlists have been published for IRB Sevens Player of the Year, IRB Under 19 Player of the Year and IRB Under 21 Player of the Year, with the nine players nominated representing six different countries. For their outstanding contributions in Sevens rugby Steffan Basson (South Africa), Uale Mai (Samoa) and Mathew Tait (England) are nominated for IRB Sevens Player of the Year. At Under 19 level Anthony Faingaa, Josh Holmes (both Australia) and Victor Vito (New Zealand) are nominated for the IRB Under 19 Player of the Year award, while at Under 21 level Lionel Beauxis (France), Keegan Daniel (South Africa) and Digby Ioane (Australia) are the nominees for IRB Under 21 Player of the Year. The nominations in the three categories are the result of votes cast by the management of all participating teams in the respective Age Grade tournaments or in the IRB Sevens World Series. Shortlists for nominations in the IRB Player, Coach and Team of the Year categories will be selected by a panel of 10 former international players and announced after the current Tri Nations series. Other Awards categories include IRB Sevens Team of the Year, IRB Women's Personality of the Year, the Referee Award for Distinguished Service in association with Emirates Airline, the Spirit of Rugby Award, the IRB Development Award and the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service. The categories judged by the panel are Player, Team and Coach of the year. All nine panelists (including convenor John Eales) are former internationals, many of them captains of their country. John Eales (AUS, 1991-2001) - ConvenorJonathan Davies (WAL, 1985-1988, 1996-1997)Fabien Galthie (FRA, 1991-2003)Will Greenwood (ENG, 1997-2004)Gavin Hastings (SCO, 1986-1995)Michael Jones (NZ, 1987-1998)Dan Lyle (USA, 1994-2003)Federico Mendez (ARG, 1990-2005)Francois Pienaar (RSA, 1993-1996)Keith Wood (IRE, 1994-2003)One of the most prestigious events in the international sporting calendar, the IRB Awards, will this year be held on 26 November in Glasgowa?'s historic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow later this year with the support of Glasgow City Council, Event Scotland and UK Sport and today International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the nominees in three of 12 categories to be recognised at the 2006 IRB Awards, Shortlists have been published for IRB Sevens Player of the Year, IRB Under 19 Player of the Year and IRB Under 21 Player of the Year, with the nine players nominated representing six different countries. For their outstanding contributions in Sevens rugby Steffan Basson (South Africa), Uale Mai (Samoa) and Mathew Tait (England) are nominated for IRB Sevens Player of the Year. At Under 19 level Anthony Faingaa, Josh Holmes (both Australia) and Victor Vito (New Zealand) are nominated for the IRB Under 19 Player of the Year award, while at Under 21 level Lionel Beauxis (France), Keegan Daniel (South Africa) and Digby Ioane (Australia) are the nominees for IRB Under 21 Player of the Year. The nominations in the three categories are the result of votes cast by the management of all participating teams in the respective Age Grade tournaments or in the IRB Sevens World Series. Shortlists for nominations in the IRB Player, Coach and Team of the Year categories will be selected by a panel of 10 former international players and announced after the current Tri Nations series. Other Awards categories include IRB Sevens Team of the Year, IRB Women's Personality of the Year, the Referee Award for Distinguished Service in association with Emirates Airline, the Spirit of Rugby Award, the IRB Development Award and the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service. The categories judged by the panel are Player, Team and Coach of the year. All nine panelists (including convenor John Eales) are former internationals, many of them captains of their country. John Eales (AUS, 1991-2001) - ConvenorJonathan Davies (WAL, 1985-1988, 1996-1997)Fabien Galthie (FRA, 1991-2003)Will Greenwood (ENG, 1997-2004)Gavin Hastings (SCO, 1986-1995)Michael Jones (NZ, 1987-1998)Dan Lyle (USA, 1994-2003)Federico Mendez (ARG, 1990-2005)Francois Pienaar (RSA, 1993-1996)Keith Wood (IRE, 1994-2003)