G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year – 2012

Jack Norton December 20, 2012 13

No GravatarThe 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:


Test 3 pnts 2 pnts 1 pnt
v Scotland (Newcastle) Stephen Moore Digby Ioane Dan Palmer
v Wales (Brisbane) Will Genia David Pocock Berrick Barnes
v Wales (Melbourne) Berrick Barnes David Pocock Digby Ioane
v Wales (Sydney) David Pocock Berrick Barnes Nathan Sharpe

Test 3 pnts 2 pnts 1 pnt
v New Zealand (Sydney) Nathan Sharpe Digby Ioane Berrick Barnes
v New Zealand (Auckland) Sitaleki Timani Michael Hooper Adam Ashley-Cooper
v South Africa (Perth) Michael Hooper Adam Ashley-Cooper Radike Samo
v Argentina (Gold Coast) Kane Douglas Digby Ioane Michael Hooper
v South Africa (Pretoria) Michael Hooper Kurtley Beale Pat McCabe
v Argentina (Rosario) Michael Hooper Scott Higginbotham Kurtley Beale
v New Zealand (Brisbane) Mike Harris Nathan Sharpe Kane Douglas

Test 3 pnts 2 pnts 1 pnt
v France (Paris) Kane Douglas Michael Hooper Nick Cummins
v England (London) Michael Hooper Nick Cummins Ben Alexander
v Italy (Florence) Michael Hooper Adam Ashley-Cooper Brett Sheehan
v Wales (Cardiff) Nathan Sharpe David Pocock Wycliff 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!

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Final Points Table:

Player TOTAL
Michael Hooper 20
David Pocock 9
Nathan Sharpe 9
Berrick Barnes 7
Digby Ioane 7
Kane Douglas 7
Adam Ashley-Cooper 5
Stephen Moore 3
Will Genia 3
Sitaleki Timani 3
Kurtley Beale 3
Mike Harris 3
Nick Cummins 3
Scott Higginbotham 2
Dan Palmer 1
Radike Samo 1
Pat McCabe 1
Ben Alexander 1
Brett Sheehan 1
Wycliff Palu 1



  • 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.

    • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Matt Rowley

      Better than the unlaminated certificate?

      • Kiap

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

        • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Matt Rowley

          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.

  • http://twitter.com/LeftArmSpinner LeftArmSpinner

    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.