Eire flanker Josh van der Flier was named males’s Participant of the Yr on the World Rugby Awards on Sunday.
Van der Flier performed an influential function as Eire gained an away collection in New Zealand for the primary time and moved to the highest of the world rankings.
He additionally scored 5 tries in 11 Checks.
The Irish ahead, who has Dutch grandparents, beat team-mate Jonny Sexton, in addition to South Africa’s Lukhanyo Am and Antoine Dupont of France for the award.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to have nice team-mates and coaches which have actually pushed me on, in addition to my spouse and my household supporting me an enormous quantity,” mentioned the 29-year-old.
“I’ve all the time felt I wanted to be taking part in at my finest the entire time or I would not be taking part in.”
Requested about his spotlight of the 12 months, Van der Flier mentioned: “The win over in NZ was proper up there, by way of rugby, however my spouse is sitting there observing me and I obtained married in August in order that in all probability must be on the high.”
Black Ferns co-captain Demant produced a player-of-the-match efficiency within the 34-31 win over pre-tournament favourites England at Eden Park.
She beat England’s Alex Matthews, Canada’s Sophie de Goede, France’s Laure Sansus and fellow Black Fern Portia Woodman to the prize.
“I come from a really small place in New Zealand and to have the ability to placed on the black jersey is a dream,” mentioned Demant.
“I did not know a lot in regards to the Black Ferns once I was a child. Ladies’s rugby was by no means accessible or one thing you aspired to comply with since you by no means had function fashions to look as much as.”
Demant’s team-mate Ruby Tui gained the award for ladies’s Breakthrough Participant of the Yr following her change from sevens, whereas Italy’s versatile again Ange Capuozzo gained the identical accolade for the lads.
After successful gold on the Tokyo Olympics with the sevens squad, she switched to 15s and was a part of New Zealand’s World Cup-winning aspect.
“It is such an honour to win this award and, 27-and-a-half years outdated, I believe I’ve set the document for oldest rookie in 15s, however hey I will take it,” she mentioned.
Tui was additionally offered with one other World Cup winners medal after giving her unique medal away to a younger fan who had recovered from leukaemia, after the ultimate.
England’s Maud Muir was among the many different nominees.
In the meantime, Capuozzo got here out on high in a class that included England’s Henry Arundell and Irish pair Mack Hansen and Dan Sheehan.
The rising star’s recognition got here only a week after he scored two tries to assist his nation declare a primary win towards Australia.
Wayne Smith, the New Zealand ladies’s coach, was named Coach of the Yr after main his aspect to a 34-31 World Cup closing victory over England.
The 2-time males’s World Cup-winning coach was solely introduced in to steer the aspect earlier this 12 months and noticed a dramatic flip round of their fortunes – they’d suffered two document defeats by England in 2021.
Eire males’s Andy Farrell, England ladies’s Simon Middleton and Fabien Galthie of France’s males’s group – who have been unbeaten in 2022 – have been the opposite nominees.
“I really feel fairly uncomfortable accepting this award given the standard of the opposite coaches that have been nominated, but additionally actually honoured,” Smith mentioned.
England’s Abby Dow’s sensational rating towards Canada within the Rugby World Cup semi-final earned her the Worldwide Rugby Gamers Ladies’s Strive of the Yr award, with Chile’s Rodrigo Fernandez successful the Males’s Strive of the Yr Award for a solo effort towards the USA this summer season.
Eire’s Terry Kennedy was named World Rugby Males’s Sevens Participant of the Yr, whereas the ladies’s award went to Australia’s Charlotte Caslick.
There have been additionally particular mentions for the World Rugby Referee Award which went to South Africa’s Tappe Henning, Dr Farah Palmer obtained the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service and an Worldwide Rugby Gamers Particular Advantage Award was offered to former Springboks wing Bryan Habana, a part of South Africa’s 2007 World Cup-winning aspect.