New Zealand’s top provincial players will be celebrated through two new awards announced by New Zealand Rugby - the Duane Monkley Medal for player of the year in the Mitre 10 Cup and the Fiao’o Fa’amausili Medal for the player of the year in the Farah Palmer Cup.
Who are the awards named after?
Monkley was a Waikato stalwart for a decade, playing 135 matches between 1987 and 1996. He continues to have an active involvement in the game as President of the Waikato Rugby Union. He’s considered a local legend for his efforts for the Union.
Fa’amausili captained the Black Ferns to their fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup title earlier this year, and became the first Black Fern to reach 50 Test caps. On her return, she became the second player to bring up 100 provincial matches in the Farah Palmer Cup in September.
The awards will be determined under a new points system, with the inaugural winners to be revealed at the ASB Rugby Awards in December.
We’ve had an exciting season across both competitions and the Duane Monkley and Fiao’o Fa’amausili medal tallies are now concealed until the winners are revealed at the ASB Rugby Awards.
Throughout the Mitre 10 Cup there were a number of great performances, and the medal tally featured young stars Braydon Ennor and Jack Goodhue, along with provincial stalwarts Mike Delany, Tim Nanai-Williams and Rene Ranger. Competition in the Farah Palmer was just as tense and while Black Ferns fullback Hazel Tubic led the charge for most of the competition, there were a number of players on her tail.
LEADERBOARD AS OF ROUND 8
ROUND 8 POINTS
THE DUANE MONKLEY MEDAL
Medal Design Elements
The pounamu is a rugby ball, with two people in the act of hongi; the spirit of coming together as one. The mountain represents our country with the design inside referencing heart, protection, growth and positivity. The three koru shapes at the bottom represent past, present and future players. The poutama, represents striving to be better physically, mentally and spiritually with a step design. The face in the centre is the warriors spirit for both male and female; strength of spirit and belief.