Superstars Charlotte Caslick and Marika Koroibete have been honored at the World Rugby Awards.
Caslick was named Women’s Player of the Year whilst Koroibete was named in the World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year.
The Sevens co-captain played an integral role in Australia claiming a historic Triple Crown.
Caslick was named Impact Player of the Year after finishing the World Series with 85 tackles, 27 line breaks, 38 offloads and 159 carries, putting her 75 points ahead of her nearest rival.
This continued into the Commonwealth Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup, becoming just the second Australian alongside Sharni Williams to claim the trio and Olympic gold.
“I think we’ve just had a really fun year,” Caslick said on her success.
“We have a great group of girls with Maddi (Levi) and Faith (Nathan) also nominated but the whole squad has been awesome all year.
“As a group, we’ve really reflected on the past 18 months from Tokyo and that disappointed and really turned it around.”
Meanwhile, Koroibete was recognized for his impressive season for the Wallabies, selected on the wing alongside Will Jordan in the Men’s Team of the Year
The 30-year-old played nine games for the Wallabies in 2022, highlighted by his incredible performance in Adelaide to help guide Dave Rennie’s men to victory over the Springboks.
“Charlotte and Marika have been Australia’s two most outstanding performers of the 2022 season, and it is fitting that they have been recognized by World Rugby,” said Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos.
“Charlotte’s greatness is clear – she is the best women’s Rugby Sevens player in the world, and her consistent excellence on the global stage over a long period marks her as one of Australia’s greatest athletes in any sport.
“Marika has become one of our best players for the Wallabies – while he’s a quiet and unassuming man, you can be sure he will be leading by example from the wing every match.
“Rugby Australia is extremely proud of their achievements, and we congratulate Charlotte and Marika on being recognized as the elite Rugby players in their respective fields.”
Ireland dominated the Team of the Year with four selections, headlined by Men’s Player of the Year Josh van der Flier.
Ruahei Demant was named Women’s Player of the Year after guiding the Black Ferns to the World Cup title.
She was joined by Ruby Tui, awarded Women’s 15s Breakout Player of the Year, whilst Italian sensation Ange Cappuozzo was named Men’s 15s Breakout Player of the Year
2022 World Rugby Awards
Women’s Player of the Year: Ruahei Demant (NZL)
Men’s Player of the Year: Josh van der Flier (IRL)
Women’s Team of the Year (15-1): Abby Dow (ENG); Portia Woodman (NZL), Emily Scarratt (ENG), Theresa Fitzpatrick (NZL), Ruby Tui (NZL); Ruahei Demant (NZL), Laure Sansus (FRA); Marlie Packer (ENG), Sophie de Goede (CAN), Alex Matthews (ENG); Madoussou Fall (FRA), Abbie Ward (ENG); Sarah Bern (ENG), Emily Tuttosi (CAN), Hope Rogers (USA)
Men’s Team of the Year (15-1): Freddie Steward (ENG); Will Jordan (NZL), Lukhanyo Am (RSA), Damian de Allende (RSA), Marika Koroibete (AUS); Johnny Sexton (IRL), Antoine Dupont (FRA); Gregory Alldritt (FRA), Josh van der Flier (IRL), Pablo Matera (ARG); Sam Whitelock (NZL), Tadhg Beirne (IRL); Tadhg Furlong (IRL), Malcolm Marx (RSA), Ellis Genge (ENG)
Coach of the Year: Wayne Smith (NZL women)
Female Breakthrough Player of the Year: Ruby Tui (NZL)
Male Breakthrough Player of the Year: Ange Capuozzo (ITA)
Women’s Try of the Year: Abby Dow (England against Canada, November 5)
Men’s Try of the Year: Rodrigo Fernandez (Chile against USA, July 9)
Women’s Rugby Sevens Player of the Year: Charlotte Caslick (AU)
Men’s Rugby Sevens Player of the Year: Terry Kennedy (IRL)