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Siya Kolisi walks away with SA Rugby Player of the Year honour, White wins consecutive coach award

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Springbok captain Siya Kolisi. (Photo: Getty Images)
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi was on Thursday announced SA Rugby Player of the Year after a string of strong performances for the national team.

The award comes on the back of captaining the team to a British & Irish Lions series win, a rare victory against the old foe, the All Blacks, and finishing the year atop World Rugby rankings.

Predictably, the Springboks were named Team of the Year.

SA Rugby announced the winners for a host of categories on their Twitter page.

"Siya led from the front as the Springboks completed what was arguably their toughest season – for many reasons - in a very long time," said SA Rugby president Mark Alexander. 

"Supported very well by (coach) Jacques Nienaber and his coaching team, as well as his teammates, Siya showed true leadership under challenging conditions, and he became better as the year progressed, which culminated with a spot in the World Rugby Dream Team for 2021, along with Makazole (Mapimpi), Lukhanyo (Am), Eben (Etzebeth) and Malcolm Marx."

Winger Cheslin Kolbe scooped the Test Try of the Year award after a public vote, for his five-pointer in the British & Irish Lions series decider in Cape Town.

Jake White pipped Nienaber (Springboks) and Neil Powell (Blitzboks) to the Coach of the Year award for the second successive season for guiding the Bulls to two Currie Cup titles in 2021.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 28: Jake White
Bulls director of rugby Jake White.
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Lusanda Dumke grabbed two awards for her role in leading Border Ladies to the Women's Premier Division title. She was announced Springbok Women's Player of the Year and Provincial Women's Player of the Year. 

The flashy Aphelele Fassi was given the nod as Young Player of the Year for making a successful step up to Test rugby in his two Tests.

Ronald Brown emerged as the Springbok Sevens Player of the Year in his debut season ahead of Siviwe Soyizwapi and Selvyn Davids.

Elsewhere, the robust Elrigh Louw of the Bulls was named Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year while try-scoring machine Dylan Maart (Boland Kavaliers) was announced as the competition's First Division Player of the year. 

Henko van Wyk's fine performances last year earned him the Junior Springbok Player of the Year. 

On the officiating front, the Referee of the Year award was awarded to Aimee Barrett-Theron.

2021 SA Rugby awards:

Referee of the Year: Aimee Barrett-Theron  

Provincial Women's Player of the Year: Lusanda Dumke  

Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year: Dylan Maart  

Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Elrigh Louw  

Test Try of the Year: Cheslin Kolbe  

Coach of the Year: Jake White  

Team of the Year: Springboks  

Junior Springbok Player of the Year: Henco van Wyk  

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year: Ronald Brown  

Springbok Women's Player of the Year: Lusanda Dumke  

SA Rugby Young Player of the Year: Aphelele Fassi  

SA Rugby Player of the Year: Siya Kolisi

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