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G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year – 2012

G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year – 2012

The Super Rugby Player of the Year is done and dusted. The John Eales Medal was handed out before the Wallabies even flew out for Europe and the IRB have thrown around a bit of tin in their recent awards.

But we here at Green and Gold Rugby like to leave our player of the year awards until as close as possible to the actual end of the year. And here we are. Christmas is upon us and we are set to announce our fourth annual G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year. But first some background.


After each Test match the Wallabies played, members of our thriving forum gave their traditional 3-2-1s for the three best Wallaby performances of that match. These points are then accumulated with an overall 3-2-1 determined from the top three point scorers. Extrapolated through the season, it gives us a pretty good understanding of who has been the best performer, in the eyes of our astute community, across the season.

Honour Board:

2009 – George Smith
2010 – David Pocock
2011 – Will Genia
2012 – ????

Round by Round scores:


Test3 pnts2 pnts1 pnt
v Scotland (Newcastle)Stephen MooreDigby IoaneDan Palmer
v Wales (Brisbane)Will GeniaDavid PocockBerrick Barnes
v Wales (Melbourne)Berrick BarnesDavid PocockDigby Ioane
v Wales (Sydney)David PocockBerrick BarnesNathan Sharpe

Test3 pnts2 pnts1 pnt
v New Zealand (Sydney)Nathan SharpeDigby IoaneBerrick Barnes
v New Zealand (Auckland)Sitaleki TimaniMichael HooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
v South Africa (Perth)Michael HooperAdam Ashley-CooperRadike Samo
v Argentina (Gold Coast)Kane DouglasDigby IoaneMichael Hooper
v South Africa (Pretoria)Michael HooperKurtley BealePat McCabe
v Argentina (Rosario)Michael HooperScott HigginbothamKurtley Beale
v New Zealand (Brisbane)Mike HarrisNathan SharpeKane Douglas

Test3 pnts2 pnts1 pnt
v France (Paris)Kane DouglasMichael HooperNick Cummins
v England (London)Michael HooperNick CumminsBen Alexander
v Italy (Florence)Michael HooperAdam Ashley-CooperBrett Sheehan
v Wales (Cardiff)Nathan SharpeDavid PocockWycliff Palu

And the winner is:

G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year - and trophy!

G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year – and trophy!

Michael Hooper. He burst onto the international stage in 2012 and Wallabies fans lapped him up. Never before in the history of G&GR has the margin of victory for the Player of the Year been as substantial as Hooper’s was this year. He continues a long line of openside flankers with a huge fanclub and long may it continue.

In presenting the glorious 2012 Player of the Year trophy I had a quick chat with Hoops about this award, his performances this year and a few other things inbetween. Think of it as a mini podcast Christmas present!

Final Points Table:

Michael Hooper20
David Pocock9
Nathan Sharpe9
Berrick Barnes7
Digby Ioane7
Kane Douglas7
Adam Ashley-Cooper5
Stephen Moore3
Will Genia3
Sitaleki Timani3
Kurtley Beale3
Mike Harris3
Nick Cummins3
Scott Higginbotham2
Dan Palmer1
Radike Samo1
Pat McCabe1
Ben Alexander1
Brett Sheehan1
Wycliff Palu1


  • Luke_Baird

    Thoroughly deserved! Hooper such a revelation in 2012 and I hope Pocock and Hooper challenge each other for the Wallaby 7.

  • skip

    deserved. I hope the debate about playing him and pocock in the back row quickly goes away.

    • JimmyC

      Skip I enjoy it (for the last 20mins or so)

  • Kiap

    A worthy winner of this now prestigious Rugby trophy.

    Good interview as well. Thanks, Jack.

    • Better than the unlaminated certificate?

      • Kiap

        From boiled lollies to chocolates! Was Sanchez the first to get metal?

        • Yep – took us that many years to save up

  • Pedro

    He was great for the brumbies too! A s15 bench player in 2011 to the most valuable wallaby a season later. Well done Hoops!

  • Johnny-boy

    Deserved but his inability to pilfer is a concern. Great in the back end of the game when others are fatigued. Like the Badger his enthusiasm and fearlessness is inspiring

    • Robson

      I agree with most of what you say Johnny, but turnovers at the breakdown are now more the result of a massed attack on the tackle ball than on the ability of one man. In contrast Hooper, in my humble opinion, shades every other current No. 7 in the world for his ability with ball in hand and his remarkable qualities of anticipation that support that ability.

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    Speaking as an ever hopeful Tahs fan, I want to see Hoops further develop his arsenal of skills & weapons, and for this young man to become part of something very special at the Waratahs and in turn the Wallabies. Cheika we’re relying on you mate.

  • Wow. Talk about pushing the boat out and blowing the budget on the trophy for such
    A prestigious award……..good choice and when he learns how not to bet penalised, he will become a deity like Ritchie.

  • Paradox

    Well done Hoopy. I’ll miss you as a Brumbies supporter but you were awesome in 2012.


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