Sevens legend DJ Forbes announced his retirement from the game this year and his outstanding career was acknowledged last night taking home the Richard Crawshaw Memorial All Blacks Sevens player of the year and the NZRPA Kirk Award for his outstanding contribution to the game.
Forbes played his 150th World Series tournament in 2017 and was once again a leading force for the All Blacks Sevens. It is his hard work off the field that saw Forbes recieve the Kirk Award, for his tireless efforts as a player advocate on the NZRPA Board over a continued period that has helped shape the sevens game in New Zealand.
Star Winger Portia Woodman's exceptional try for the Black Ferns against USA at the RWC was voted by the public as the Sky Fan's try of the year.
The newly introduced Fiao'o Fa'amausili medal was presented for the first time to acknowledge the best player in the Farah Palmer Cup. This is the first year of a new category to recognise the best of the women's provincial competition. Our very own Hazel Tubic won the medal.
Fresh from World Cup glory with the Black Ferns, Hazel Tubic made a strong impression on the Farah Palmer Cup for Counties Manukau. A versatile back, Hazel was top points scorer in 2017.