Deegan nominated for World Rugby award
June 23, 2016 12:00 am client
Leinster U20 player Max Deegan has been nominated for the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding performances for the Ireland U20s in Manchester.
The winner of the prestigious award will be determined by rugby fans on Facebook. Fans can vote by commenting on the World Rugby Facebook post with their nomination, using ‘VOTE’ and the surname of the nominee, e.g, ‘VOTE DEEGAN’, etc..
The vote will end at full-time of the final between Ireland and England on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium, with the winner being announced across World Rugby’s social media platforms.
In 2014, Garry Ringrose was one of four nominees for the award along with Tevita Li (New Zealand), Nathan Earle (England) and, the winner, Handré Pollard (South Africa).
2016 WORLD RUGBY U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT NOMINEES
MAX DEEGAN – IRELAND
Number 8 Deegan has been instrumental for Ireland in the four matches leading up to their first ever U-20 Championship final on Saturday. Powerful and with surprising speed for a back row, Deegan has been a key cog in the Irish pack, scoring a crucial try against New Zealand in the pool stages as well as romping down the pitch against Argentina to score a superb solo try.
ATAATA MOEAKIOLA – JAPAN
Anybody who has seen even a glimpse of this year’s U-20 Championship will know the name Ataata Moeakiola. In Japan’s opening match against South Africa he scored a hat-trick, with some even comparing him to the late Jonah Lomu. The Tongan-born winger is the top try scorer going into the final round of matches with six tries to his name.
HARRY MALLINDER – ENGLAND
A stand-out player during the tournament so far, Mallinder has played at out-half and inside centre for England and has pulled the strings to help his side to their fourth successive final, a seventh in total. Mallinder has scored 45 points in total and shown himself to be a well-rounded utility back.
SHAUN STEVENSON – NEW ZEALAND
A jinking step and an eye for the try-line, full-back Stevenson has shown the kind of form at the U-20s that has seen him break into Super Rugby side the Chiefs. He is the joint second highest try scorer in the competition with five to his name, level with team-mate Caleb Makene.
CURWIN BOSCH – SOUTH AFRICA
Another full-back up for the award this year, Bosch is a well balanced runner with a clinical boot. While South Africa failed to overcome England in the semi-final, Bosch has continued to shine throughout his side’s performances and with a bright future at Super Rugby side the Sharks, he looks set for stardom in South Africa.