Braid named NZ rugby player of the year

Auckland flanker Daniel Braid won the prize of NZ Player of the year at the 2007 New Zealand rugby awards in Auckland.

Braid had a consistent season with Air NZ Cup champions Auckland, Super 14 semifinalists the Blues and the Junior All Blacks.

He was presented with the Kelvin R Tremain Trophy at the end of the awards show after he was earlier named Maori player of the year.

Noticeably the All Black World cup squad was “forgotten” about after they had their worst ever world cup performance.

Steve Walsh won ref of the year.

Braid said that it was an honour to have won the player of the year award given the amount of rugby talent in New Zealand.

“Look at the guys who have won in the last few years such as Daniel Carter, (All Blacks skipper Richie) McCaw, real superstars – it’s a great honour.” he said on Stuff.

“This year has been great for myself and the teams I have played (Auckland, the Blues and New Zealand A) in have done exceedingly well.”

The winners of the 2007 New Zealand rugby awards are:

Age grade player of the year: Zac Guildford (New Zealand under-19).

Richard Crawshaw Memorial sevens player of the year: DJ Forbes (Auckland)

Referee of the year: Steve Walsh (North Harbour).

Women’s player of the year: Victoria Heighway (Auckland).

Volunteer of the year: Robbie Ball (Northland).

Super 14 player of the year: Jimmy Cowan (Highlanders)

Team of the year: Auckland.

Tom French memorial Maori player of the year: Daniel Braid.

Heartland Championship player of the year: Ross Hay (North Otago).

Air New Zealand Cup player of the year: Isa Nacewa (Auckland).

Coach of the year: Peter Russell (Hawke’s Bay).

Outstanding contribution to New Zealand rugby: Ron Don

Kelvin R Tremain Memorial player of the year: Daniel Braid (Blues, Junior All Blacks, Auckland).

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