Trio nominated for Women’s award

Date published: August 17 2015

World Rugby has announced that Kendra Cocksedge, Gaëlle Mignot and Sophie Spence have been nominated for Women's Player of the Year 2015.

New Zealand scrum-half Cocksedge, France captain and hooker Mignot and Ireland second-row Spence have made the shortlist for the prestigious gong, with the winner to be announced at the World Rugby Awards on November 1.

The nominees were announced one year on from the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 final in Paris, when England beat Canada. The tournament was a watershed moment for the women's game with huge audiences and record-breaking TV viewing figures giving a massive boost to the sport.   

"On behalf of World Rugby, I wish to extend my congratulations to Gaëlle, Kendra and Sophie for securing their Player of the Year nomination, and for their skill, power, discipline and consistency required to excel at the highest level," said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset on Monday.

"Women's rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, and we're focused on building on the incredible success of last year's Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris which engaged fans like never before."

The panel selecting the shortlist is made up of former players Sue Day (England), Melodie Robinson (New Zealand) and Fiona Coghlan (Ireland) as well as The Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones and World Rugby Council member John Jeffrey.

The World Rugby Awards will take place at Battersea Evolution in London the day after the Rugby World Cup 2015 final.

Now in their 14th year, this will be the first time the global rugby family have come together for a World Rugby Awards gala dinner since 2011 in New Zealand and the night will see 12 prestigious awards presented.

The World Rugby Awards recognise the top achievers in the game on and off the field at all levels and will include the crowning of the World Rugby Player, Team and Coach of the Year for 2015 with stars of women's rugby and sevens also being honoured.