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Canada wing Magali Harvey has been named the IRB Women’sPlayer of the Year 2014 following her side’s 21-9 defeat byEngland in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 final at StadeJean Bouin in Paris on Sunday.
Harvey is the first Canadian to win the prestigious award andreflects the growth of women’s rugby in recent years, thewing having played a key role in Canada reaching their first WRWCfinal.
The 24-year-old edged out her captain and Canada number 8 KellyRussell, Ireland full back Niamh Briggs and France number 8 SafiN’Diaye following a comprehensive voting system.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “I would like tocongratulate Magali on winning this prestigious award. It isextremely well deserved. She has lit up Women’s Rugby WorldCup 2014 with her combination of electrifying pace, elusiverunning, ferocious defence and accurate place-kicking.
“Her try against France in the semi-final was perhaps thetournament highlight and certainly one of the tries of the year. Iwas privileged to have been sitting in the stand to watch itlive.
“It is also important to highlight the contribution ofother players too. In particular, the other women who made theshortlist – Niamh Briggs of Ireland, Kelly Russell of Canadaand France’s Safi N’Diaye. Those players – andmany others who just missed out – have helped to make thistournament such a success.
“The fact that so many spectators have come to watch, aswell as record television audiences at home, is a testament to thequality of rugby that has been on display. The women’s gameis certainly on the up and we will be doing everything we can atthe IRB to make sure that upward trend continues.”
Harvey caught the eye with her performances throughout thetournament, scoring a hat-trick in a 26-point haul inCanada’s opening win over Spain and then going virtually thelength of the field to score a try in the semi-final win over hostsFrance.
Formore details on the IRB Awards, clickhere
2012– Michaela Staniford (England)
2011– IRB Women’s Personality of the Year: RuthMitchell
2010– IRB Women’s Personality of the Year: Carla Hohepa(New Zealand)
2009– IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year:Debby Hodgkinson (Australia)
2008– IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year:Carol Isherwood (England)
2007– IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year:Sarah Corrigan (Australia)
2006– IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year:Margaret Alphonsi (England)
2005– IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year:Farah Palmer (New Zealand)
2004– IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year:Donna Kennedy (Scotland)
2003– IRB Women’s Personality of the Year: Kathy Flores(USA)
2002– IRB Women’s Player of the Year: Monique Hirovanaa(New Zealand)
2001– IRB Women’s Player of the Year: Shelley Rae(England)