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Toole, Australia clean up World Rugby Sevens Series awards

Mon, 29/08/2022, 5:46 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Corey Toole has cleaned up at the World Rugby Sevens awards night, named Impact Player of the Year.

Toole finished the year with 161 runs, 75 tackles and 45 breaks throughout the season to claim the honour ahead of Ireland's Terry Kennedy and team-mate Dietrich Roache.

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The young Brumby was also named in the Team of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year, edging out Roache and Henry Paterson.

“I’m really honoured and grateful to receive these awards," Toole said in a statement.

"I think it just reflects how the team has been all year, we’ve built something special and it’s been a big twelve months for the team and we’ve been lucky enough to have a pretty successful year.

“Our ambitions in rugby sevens are pretty big. We’ve got the World Cup coming up and hopefully we can have a strong performance there and then get ready for the next Series season.”

Toole is joined in the Team of the Year by inspirational captain Nick Malouf following claiming the World Series for the first time in history.

The Australia leader led his team to the Series title and contributed 8 tries, 11 clean breaks, 82 tackles and 74 carries throughout the 2022 Series.

Along with this, Paterson was awarded the 'Don't Crack Under Pressure' award, for his match winning try in overtime against New Zealand in the London Cup final. 

“On behalf of World Rugby, I would like to congratulate all HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 award winners," World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin added.

“There was some truly sensational rugby sevens played across the Series and audiences were entertained by the speed, skill and all-action drama of sevens, capturing the attention of new players and fans worldwide and inspiring young boys and girls around the globe to get involved in rugby.

“It was a fantastic marker of the highly competitive nature of international rugby sevens to see four teams still in with a chance of winning the Series title heading into the crucial final round in Los Angeles.

“With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town kicking off on 9-11 September and the Olympic Games Paris 2024 less than two years away, the future of rugby sevens is very bright.”

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