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Jean the cream of the crop

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 25 Nov 2008 at 22:01
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Springbok centre Jean de Villiers was named SA Rugby Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at rugby’s annual awards banquet – sponsored by Absa, Sasol and Vodacom – which took place at a glittering ceremony at Vodaworld, Midrand on Tuesday.

Rugby 365 reports that the 27-year-old Western Province player was the clear winner in a poll of South African rugby journalists for the SA Rugby Player of the Year title ahead of four players from the Sharks – hooker Bismarck du Plessis, centre Adrian Jacobs, No.8 Ryan Kankowski and prop sensation Beast Mtawarira.

De Villiers completed a memorable double as he was also awarded the prestigious Players’ Player of the Year Award, voted for by members of the South African Rugby Players’ Association (SARPA) – the first man to complete the double since Bok wing Ashwin Willemse won both in the 2003 season.

Ryan Kankowski’s outstanding year was recognised with four nominations – although he had to settle for just one award, with the Sharks No.8 chosen as South Africa’s Super 14 Player of the Year. He was also nominated for Sasol Young Player of the Year and Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year, as well as for the main award, which De Villiers won.

Kankowski’s fellow Durban-based back row colleague, Jean Deysel also had his devastating form in the Sharks’ run to the Currie Cup title recognised when he was named the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.

And, completing the Sharks’ joy was the award of two of the three new categories introduced this year. John Plumtree was chosen as Absa Coach of the Year, after helping the Sharks end their 12-year wait for a title with victory over the Blue Bulls in the Absa Currie Cup Final, while the Sharks’ Super 14 team was named as the Team of the Year after returning to the play-offs for a second successive year.

Another big winner on the night was Free State Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn, who was named Sasol Young Player of the Year. Ebersohn,  also played for the SA Sevens team last season, beat a strong field to the Young Player Award, as well as also scooping the Sasol Under-20 Player of the Year Award.

Veteran Zimbabwean ace Kennedy Tsimba was named as the Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year – six years after he was named as the Premier Division Player of the Year after his return to fitness in the Griffons’ impressive surge to the First Division title.

Flyhalf Burton Francis, of the Blue Bulls, was chosen as the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year, while Ricky Januarie’s score against the All Blacks in Dunedin was named as the SuperSport Try of the Year.

Meanwhile, in women’s rugby, Lorinda Brown of Eastern Province capped a fine year in which she played for the national Sevens and 15-a-side teams and was part of an inter-Provincial title-winning side by being named as Women’s Player of the Year.

All the SA Rugby Award winners:

SA Rugby Player of the Year:
(The outstanding rugby player of the 2008 South African season)
Winner: Jean de Villiers (Western Province)
Also nominated: Bismarck du Plessis, Adrian Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski, Beast Mtawarira (all Sharks).

Sasol Young Player of the Year:
(The outstanding young rugby player of 23 years or younger of the 2008 South African season- born in 1985 or later)
Winner: Robert Ebersohn (Free State Cheetahs)
Also nominated: Heinrich Brüssow (Free State Cheetahs), Ryan Kankowski, (Sharks), Nick Köster (Western Province), Beast Mtawarira (Sharks).

Players’ Player of the Year:
Winner: Jean de Villiers (Western Province)

Vodacom Team of the Year:
(The outstanding South African team or province of the 2008 season. This may be awarded for performances in a single tournament or for a province/franchises performances across a range of competitions)
Winner: Sharks (Super 14 team)
Also nominated: Platinum Leopards, Sharks (Absa Currie Cup team), Blue Bulls, Stormers.

Absa Coach of the Year:
(The outstanding coach of the 2008 South African season)
Winner: John Plumtree (Sharks, Absa Currie Cup)
Also nominated: Eugene Eloff (Golden Lions), Rassie Erasmus (Stormers), Frans Ludeke (Blue Bulls). Chaka Willemse (Leopards).

Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year:
(The outstanding player of the 2008 Super 14 season)
Winner: Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)
Also nominated: Andries Bekker, Jean de Villiers, Conrad Jantjes (all Stormers), Rory Kockott (both Sharks).

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year:
(The outstanding player of the 2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division season)
Winner: Jean Deysel (Sharks)
Also nominated: Heinrich Brussow (Free State Cheetahs), Ryan Kankowski (both Sharks), Wynand Olivier (Blue Bulls), Stefan Terblanché (Sharks).

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:
(The outstanding player of the 2008 Absa Currie Cup First Division season)
Winner: Kennedy Tsimba (Griffons).
Also nominated: Cecil Afrika, (Griffons), Clayton Durand (Leopards), Ashley Johnson (Griffons), Vuyo Zangqa (Leopards).

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year:
(The outstanding player of the 2008 Vodacom Cup season)
Winner: Burton Francis (Blue Bulls)
Also nominated: Isma-eel Dollie (Western Province), Rocco Jansen (Blue Bulls), Ashley Johnson and Wilton Pietersen (both Free State Cheetahs).

SuperSport Try of the Year:
Winner: Ricky Januarie (SA v New Zealand, Dunedin)

Sasol Sevens Player of the Year:
Renfred Deysel

Sasol SA Under-20 Player of the Year:
Robert Ebersohn (Free State Cheetahs)

Women’s Player of the Year:
Lorinda Brown (Eastern Province)

SAA National Club Champs Player of the Tournament:
Lola Waka (Pukke)

Marriott Refereeing Achievement of the Year:
Mark Lawrence

Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament:
Sampie Mastriet (Boland)

Sasol Springbok Journalism Awards:
Sasol Springbok Journalist of the Year: Simnikiwe Xabanisa (Sunday Times).
Sasol Springbok Broadcasters of the Year: Dawie van Rensburg, Gert Roets (SuperSport for Springbok Saga)
Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year: Craig Nieuwenhuizen (Rapport)


  • Happy with Jeans awards. He deserved them.

    Well Done mate.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.11.08 22:05:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • And the Sharks rocked. 😎

    Vodacom Team of the Year: Winner: Sharks (Super 14 team)

    Absa Coach of the Year: Winner: John Plumtree (Sharks, Absa Currie Cup)

    Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year: Winner: Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)

    Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Winner: Jean Deysel (Sharks)

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.11.08 22:09:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Ricky’s try of the year was certainly the most vital, but I think Adi’s against the Poms was better.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.11.08 22:10:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Well done to all the winners. 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.11.08 22:13:13 by McLovin Reply
  • congrats jean well deserved sir.wanted to mention in the match thread that just watch when a bok scores a try or does whatever.jean is always there,always genuine in his praise and for that alone i give him respect.take a bow jean div.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.11.08 22:41:16 by PJLD Reply
  • I think these Guys deserve their awards, keep it up, keep politics out of it and SA Teams will have Trophy Cupboards overflowing. Tri Nations,Super14 etc etc.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.11.08 23:53:34 by Dynamite Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 5) : And those are only some of the reasons JdV should be named as vice-captain for the Boks. He is a strong leader, understands and reads the game very well, and is extremely well liked and respected by his teammates. JdV is a class act, and probably the best 12 in the world right now.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.11.08 23:58:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dancing Bear
  • The ebersohn thing is a joke. Has soured the whole thing for me

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.11.08 23:58:48 by robdylan Reply
  • Would have liked to see Beast get Young Player of the Year over Ebersohn. Ebersohn was named under 20 player of the year. Not sure how anyone can say he had a better year than Beast, or Kanko for that matter.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.11.08 23:59:51 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dancing Bear
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : Have to agree with that. He’s been utterly, utterly superb all year

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.11.08 23:59:57 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Stop reading my mind while I post, and from the other side of the world too!!!! :mrgreen: 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.11.08 00:01:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dancing Bear
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I wonder what John Smit told JdV in his personal talk? “Just be you.” 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.11.08 00:03:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dancing Bear
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 11) : I stole a lock of your hair 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.11.08 00:31:31 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Well alright then, if you’re going to be in my head, please stay away from the dark places. 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.11.08 00:34:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Dancing Bear
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Both Jeans…

    @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) :

    Couldn’t agree more on the VC thing… so too Beast…

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.11.08 02:37:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • No Puke Watsup?? 😯

    Sauce is gonna be seriously pissed!!! 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.11.08 07:14:34 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 16) :

    There was a nice piece about him on on voldy a day or so ago. let me go find it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.11.08 07:33:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Here you go.

    Keo.co.za reviews 2008 and acknowledges the best performers and some villains.


    Special merit award

    This one goes to Luke Watson for his unbelievable service to South African rugby. We salute you. His decision to avail himself for the Springboks again after the King Protea was confirmed as the national emblem (rather the vomit-inducing Springbok) was a godsend. The Springboks would have been dead and buried without Watson. A top player with a personality that endears him to all.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.11.08 07:35:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :


    I saw that one… 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.11.08 07:42:01 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) :

    I was always taught that when I read CV’s for potential job applicants that I should read what is NOT there rather than what IS there. That award is a classic example of such a situation. 😛

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.11.08 07:47:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    All I have to say is 2006 S12 Player of the Year!

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.11.08 07:59:34 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 21) :

    So that makes him a has been.

    If I were talking about the Best F1 drivers at the moment, I can’t exactly say. “Schumacher World Champ 2005” and expect anybody to think my comment is credible. 😛

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.11.08 08:05:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) :

    shurrup!!! 👿

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.11.08 08:24:23 by wpw Reply
  • New York – Two men who sold prosthetic penises enabling drug cheats to give fake urine samples have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Tuesday.

    Gerald Wills and Robert Catalano, the president and vice president of Puck Technology, entered guilty pleas on Monday at a federal court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    They were charged last month with selling the Whizzinator penis – a lifelike device used to emit clean, realistically warm urine instead of the user’s true urine.

    The device, which came with its own heating and Yellow River urine packs, was sold on the internet.

    Wills, 65, and Catalano, 62, both from California, face sentencing on February 20, the Post-Gazette said.

    Puck Technology has stopped operating, the report said.

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.11.08 08:25:08 by McLovin Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 16) : .!.. 😆

    Good result. Rob must be ecstatic about his second love child picking an award.

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.11.08 08:41:44 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @McLovin (Comment 24) :

    I saw that and while I am a guy who despises people who constantly bash the Americans, I must say. HOW STUPID.

    Not the guys selling the things (although maybe) but the officials for the way in which they take the samples.

    In IRB Rugby urine tests, you stand in front of the doctor with your shirt ABOVE your belly button and your pants below your knees with NO CLOTHING allowed in between.

    So you are totally exposed while giving your test FACING the doctor.

    HOW on EARTH did these guys manage to use fake Penises?

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.11.08 08:52:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Hope you lot forgive me but really I dont think Paarl Gym can ask for a more special year in the 150th like my avator show to tip this off. Jean a true and true Paarl Gimmie from grade A and sure a big achievement for a very special person and player.

    Like I state on the other places we taught our 7 year olds before a important match: Go make us proud , well Jean & Schalk do this match after match for our lot and true legends for our kiddies.

    Long may this continue!

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.11.08 10:22:01 by PaarlBok Reply
  • here is one of Jean in his schoolboy days

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.11.08 10:24:34 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : The mind boggles. Google Whizzinator (images) and see if you would be fooled. 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.11.08 11:09:31 by McLovin Reply
  • Bangladesh batting first. 😐

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.11.08 11:10:35 by McLovin Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 28) : Jean de Villiers wearing a jersey sponsored by Mr Price… now that gives me an idea… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.11.08 11:12:07 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : banglawho doing what when?

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.11.08 11:12:39 by robdylan Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : Seems there are plenty of sites willing to help you cheat your drugs test. 👿

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.11.08 11:15:09 by McLovin Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : 👿 👿

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.11.08 11:16:13 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 33) : you checked your spam folder recently 🙂

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.11.08 11:20:27 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : What is the world coming to? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.11.08 11:36:30 by McLovin Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : 23/1

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.11.08 11:37:04 by McLovin Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Just checked my yahoo for the first time in about a month. Only saw your mail now. 😳

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.11.08 11:42:32 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 37) :

    dude… I put up a cricket thread…

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.11.08 11:43:38 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 39) : Thanks dude. Far out.. 😎

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.11.08 11:48:56 by McLovin Reply
  • Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament:
    Sampie Mastriet (Boland)

    One Bolander get a prize. This kid from Drostdy , Worcester, we call them “die Donkies”, made the SA 7s squad.

    Kanp gedaan , Bolander. 💡

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.11.08 14:10:36 by PaarlBok Reply

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