Perenara took out the try of the year award for his stunning finish in the All Blacks’ pool play win over Namibia last month.
Asked how proud he was to win the award, Perenara ignored the question and instead used the chance to heap praise on South Africa.
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“Cheers mate, thanks for that. I just want to take this moment to congratulate South Africa. Siya [Kolisi] and your guys’ accomplishment. What you guys have done is truly inspiring. I congratulate all the other winners and your awards but what you guys have done inspired a nation, so good s***,” Perenara said to a big applause from the audience.
World Rugby awards: TJ Perenara uses his speech for Try of the Year to congratulate Siya Kolisi and the Springboks. Good stuff that
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He was presented the award by former All Blacks and Hurricanes teammate Conrad Smith
A day after winning the Rugby World Cup, South Africa won the trifecta of team, coach and men’s player of the year.
England centre Emily Scarratt, back playing 15s after two years of sevens, was the women’s player of the year.
Du Toit became the first South African to win the award since 2007, when Bryan Habana earned it in the same year the Springboks last won the World Cup.
Rassie Erasmus was named top coach after leading his team of the year South Africa to a record-tying third World Cup crown after a pool defeat to the All Blacks, and a first Rugby Championship in 10 years.
France flyhalf Romain Ntamack, who made his debut at center in the Six Nations in February, was the breakthrough player of the year ahead of England wing Joe Cokanasiga and South Africa scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies.
The sevens players of the year were Jerry Tuwai of Fiji and Ruby Tui of New Zealand, and the try of the year was TJ Perenara’s spectacular breakout and finish in New Zealand’s win against Namibia in the World Cup.
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