Magali Harvey the Women's Player of the Year

(IRB.COM) Sunday 17 August 2014
 
 Magali Harvey the Women's Player of the Year
Magali Harvey scored arguably the try of the tournament against France - Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Canada wing Magali Harvey has been named the IRB Women’s Player of the Year 2014 following her side’s 21-9 defeat by England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 final at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris on Sunday.

Harvey is the first Canadian to win the prestigious award and reflects the growth of women’s rugby in recent years, the wing having played a key role in Canada reaching their first WRWC final.

The 24-year-old edged out her captain and Canada number 8 Kelly Russell, Ireland full back Niamh Briggs and France number 8 Safi N’Diaye following a comprehensive voting system.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “I would like to congratulate Magali on winning this prestigious award. It is extremely well deserved. She has lit up Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 with her combination of electrifying pace, elusive running, ferocious defence and accurate place-kicking. 

“Her try against France in the semi-final was perhaps the tournament highlight and certainly one of the tries of the year. I was privileged to have been sitting in the stand to watch it live.

“It is also important to highlight the contribution of other players too. In particular, the other women who made the shortlist – Niamh Briggs of Ireland, Kelly Russell of Canada and France’s Safi N’Diaye. Those players – and many others who just missed out – have helped to make this tournament such a success. 

“The fact that so many spectators have come to watch, as well as record television audiences at home, is a testament to the quality of rugby that has been on display. The women’s game is certainly on the up and we will be doing everything we can at the IRB to make sure that upward trend continues.”

Harvey caught the eye with her performances throughout the tournament, scoring a hat-trick in a 26-point haul in Canada’s opening win over Spain and then going virtually the length of the field to score a try in the semi-final win over hosts France. 



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Previous winners
2012 – Michaela Staniford (England) 
2011 – IRB Women’s Personality of the Year: Ruth Mitchell
2010 – IRB Women’s Personality of the Year: Carla Hohepa (New Zealand) 
2009 – IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year: Debby Hodgkinson (Australia)
2008 – IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year: Carol Isherwood (England)
2007 – IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year: Sarah Corrigan (Australia)
2006 – IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year: Margaret Alphonsi (England)
2005 – IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year: Farah Palmer (New Zealand)
2004 – IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year: Donna Kennedy (Scotland)
2003 – IRB Women’s Personality of the Year: Kathy Flores (USA)
2002 – IRB Women’s Player of the Year: Monique Hirovanaa (New Zealand) 
2001 – IRB Women’s Player of the Year: Shelley Rae (England)