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World Rugby Awards 2022 categories, dates and venue announced

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Luke Jacobson of the All Blacks is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks at QCB Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Luke Jacobson of the All Blacks is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks at QCB Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

World Rugby Awards 2022 will return to Monaco and its prestigious Salle des Étoiles for the first time since the pandemic on Sunday, 20 November to celebrate the best of rugby on and off the pitch over the last calendar year.

Rugby’s most prestigious awards will cap a magnificent evening hosted under the High Patronage of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco. On 20 November, the World Rugby Awards will celebrate the on-field achievements of the calendar year and recognise those who made an outstanding contribution to the sport.

After 15s internationals

Hosted after the conclusion of Rugby World Cup 2021 and the men’s November internationals, the ceremony will bring together some of the biggest names in world rugby with former and current players all converging on Monte-Carlo.

For the first time, a Women’s Breakthrough Player of the Year category with be presented, bringing the total to 14 awards, recognising the very best of women in rugby. Introduced last year, the popular men’s and women’s 15s Dream Team of the Year, voted by a panel of legends of the game, will remain the fan favourites.

See the World Rugby Awards voting panels >>

The global rugby family can follow the red carpet and evening of celebration on World Rugby social platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (@WorldRugby). Fans will also have their say by selecting the winners in the two Try of the Year Award categories via an online vote from 14 to 17 of November.

Editor’s pick:

World Rugby Awards 2022 categories

  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard
  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard
  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in partnership with Capgemini
  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Dream Team of the Year in partnership with Capgemini
  • World Rugby Men’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year in partnership with Tudor
  • World Rugby Women’s 15s Breakthrough Player of the Year in partnership with Tudor
  • International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year
  • International Rugby Players Women’s Try of the Year
  • World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC
  • World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in partnership with HSBC
  • World Rugby Coach of the Year
  • World Rugby Referee Award
  • International Rugby Players Special Merit
  • Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service

Nominations for each category will be determined by the World Rugby Awards panel and announced earlier in November.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The return to Monaco for the World Rugby Awards signals the full return of rugby following the pandemic and the players, coaches and unsung heroes who have made their mark on 2022 both on and off the field, in front of the camera and without spotlight.

“Following Rugby’s big family reunion in New Zealand for Rugby World Cup 2021, the awards will celebrate togetherness, greatness and devotion. It is our great pleasure to host the global rugby family in Monaco for an incredibly special evening of celebration.”

“I would like to thank HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco and the Principality for welcoming the return of the World Rugby Awards in Monte-Carlo, and as a rugby fan I look forward to discovering the nominees in November.”

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