Irishman Josh Van der Flier named World Rugby Player of the Year 2022

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Irishman Josh Van der Flier named World Rugby Player of the Year 2022

Antoine Dupont does not keep his player of the year title. Elected in 2021, the scrum half of the fifteen of France sees Josh Van der Flier succeed him. The Irishman was rewarded this Sunday evening at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco.

The all-terrain third line was the major asset of his selection, who fell for the All Blacks this summer and current world No. 1, like Leinster, Champions Cup finalist. Big tackler, outstanding scratcher, often decisive last season (6 tries in the European Cup, 2 tries in the Six Nations Tournament), Van der Flier (29) receives this award for the first time.

His compatriot Jonathan Sexton, the South African Lukhanyo Am and Antoine Dupont, who had nevertheless achieved the Grand Slam and is captain of an undefeated selection in 2022, were the three players nominated for Player of the Year. Before Van der Flier, two Irishmen had already obtained this distinction: Keith Wood, in 2001, and Sexton in 2018.

Among the other notable awards of the evening, the Italian international of Toulouse Ange Capuozzo was voted male revelation of the year. Wayne Smith, coach of the Black Ferns, crowned world champions this spring, is the coach of the year.

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