GAGR 2015 Wallaby Player of the Year
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Green & Gold Rugby 2015 Wallaby Player of the Year

Green & Gold Rugby 2015 Wallaby Player of the Year

2015 was a massive year for Australian Rugby. Probably the biggest since the creation of Green and Gold Rugby. Certainly it was the Wallabies’ most succesful year. Coach Michael Cheika had them pumped and firing which saw a number of wonderful team performances against the likes of the All Blacks, England and Wales.  But there were plenty of exceptional individual performers as well and the readers of GAGR were paying close attention. Every test.

For the seventh successive year, the readers of Green and Gold Rugby have banded together to determine our GAGR Wallaby Player of the Year. In what must be the biggest fan driven Player of the Year award in the country, based on performance, we can now announce our 2015 winner.

But first, a little bit about the process.

After every Wallaby test match, over in the forum, our readers provide their old school for 3-2-1’s for that game. That is, they declare their top three performing Wallabies with the best getting 3 points, 2nd best getting 2 points and the third best getting 1 point.

Finally at the end of the match voting (it usually stops by about the Thursday following a weekend test) we accumulate the votes and come up with the three highest point-getters. They are then assigned the 3-2-1 for that test and kept in a spreadsheet, which accumulates the points across the season.

Then come season end, sometime after the November tests (or the Rugby World Cup in this situation), we name our winner of the largest fan-driven player award in Australian Rugby.

Our readers have time and again showed extreme astuteness in their selections with the list of winners undeniably at the top of their class in Australian rugby.

Previous winners have been as follows:

2009 – George Smith
2010 – David Pocock
2011 – Will Genia
2012 – Michael Hooper
2013 – Scott Fardy
2014 – James Slipper

So how did 2015 pan out? Let’s look back at the season test match by test match as we count down to find out the 2015 GAGR Wallaby Player of the Year.

Australia v South Africa (Brisbane)

(Australia 24 defeated South Africa 20)

3 points – Michael Hooper

2 points – Israel Folau
1 point – David Pocock

Australia v Argentina (Mendoza)

(Australia 34 defeated Argentina 9)

3 points – David Pocock

2 points – Israel Folau
1 point – Rob Simmons

Australia v New Zealand (Sydney)

(Australia 27 defeated New Zealand 19)

3 points – David Pocock

2 points – Michael Hooper
1 point – Adam Ashley-Cooper

Australia v New Zealand (Auckland)

(New Zealand 41 defeated Australia 13)

3 points – Israel Folau

2 points – Scott Fardy
1 point – James Horwill

 Australia v USA (Chicago)

(Australia 47 defeated USA 10)

3 points – Sean McMahon

2 points – Tatafu Polota-Nau
1 point – Bernard Foley

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  • There was really no other choice. David Pocock was a standout.

  • Qualify

    Hahaha love that trophy!!

  • ripper

    Where’s the laminated certificate?

  • Xaviera

    Four of the top five are back-rowers, followed by a couple of play-makers, which makes for a fair reflection of the Australian style. Not much presence from the tight five, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, although the black arts are usually missed by most when well executed. As to the winner – congrats to Poey – well deserved. Should also have been World Rugby’s International Player of the Year, but for Dan Carter bringing his A+ game to the RWC Final.

  • Hitcho

    All in all that points table is spot on. Poey is a well deserved winner. Just can’t bring myself to say he’s better than George….. yet….

  • Marcus Pontmercy

    Welll done Pocok! #justiceforlaunchbury

  • SuckerForRed

    Only one back in 7 years…… and he was only half back…

    Well done Poey.

  • Teh Other Dave

    Good to see votes spread through nearly every position, and shows how far the team has improved as a unit in such a short space of time.

    One gripe – the props! They were a revelation this year. They out-Englanded England. In England. Yet only TPN scored votes, none for anyone wearing 1 or 3. Better go back and check my votes in that match.

    • Braveheart81

      If we’d beaten England 15-13 then the front row would have probably scored points. As it was we smashed them and Foley was instrumental to that.

      I agree that our front row had a great year and Kepu in particular was consistently excellent.

  • Peeno

    Considering Simmons importance to the line out and our success, one vote overall is pretty rough. The winner was clearly right though

  • Pfitzy

    That camera is a bit steamed up, Steve. Feeling the bromance? :)

    • C’mon, it’s Poey.

      As if you wouldn’t.

      • oztimmay

        He’s only human after all.

        • Pfitzy

          Steve? Lenthall? Human? Canberra? ;)

    • SuckerForRed

      I am still trying to work out if that is a smile or a grimace on Steve’s face…..

      • Pfitzy

        He’s trying to conceal his arousal.

      • Parker

        He’s thinking of his crushed hand

  • Poey was robbed in the World Rugby Player of the Year Award but it’s good to see him pick up the one that really matters.

  • Tim

    Damn, that was close. Poey only just snuck home.

  • Bay35Pablo

    Fair call. Poey had a massive year, and while Hooper is very good, you wondered how we did without him. Then we realised he was playing 8 and maybe we’d been missing an impact 8 for a while …..

    • Davey

      Only since Kef.

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