New Zealand winger Julian Savea leads the way with two tries on the shortlist with Justin Tipuric, Vincent Debaty and Ayumu Goromaru also nominated
The nominations are in. The contenders for the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Try of the Year 2015 have been revealed. The winner will be announced at the World Rugby Awards on 1 November 2015.
The IRPA Try of Year panel, consisted of former players who selected the six tries. Ireland’s Shane Horgan, New Zealand’s Christian Cullen, France’s Serge Betsen South Africa’s Stefan Terblanche made up the distinguished panel.
Here is a list of the nominees:
Vincent Debaty: The 20st French prop is the unlikely recipient of a nomination. His try against England in the Six Nations was executed beautifully, with the ball being worked along the line to winger Noa Nakaitaci, who broke down the left and then stepped inside Mike Brown, finding a looping Debaty coming around in support to take the offload and run in.
Fetu’u Vainikolo: Vainikolo’s try came in the Pacific Nations Cup. Kurt Morath’s cross-field kick bounced up into the arms of the Tongan winger whose aggressive line allowed him to pull away from four players to run in a try against the USA.
Ayumu Goromaru: Japan full-back Goromaru’s try versus South Africa was crafted to perfection in one of games of the tournament. Some intricate handling from the Japanese backs manufactured the angle for the Brave Blossoms wing Kotaro Matsushima to slice through the Bok defensive line and release Goromaru.
Julian Savea: The New Zealand winger is the only player to have two tries on the shortlist. Both came in the World Cup game against France in the quarter-finals. The first came courtesy of some fantastic vision from Daniel Carter – with Savea running onto his backdoor offload to score. The second displayed Savea’s strength and physical prowess as he floored three defenders to go over.