Friday, January 30, 2015

Ruck 'n' Roll Awards 2014: Part Two

In part one England's Women, Samson Lee and Duane Vermeulen were among the award winners. Part Two looks at the lighter side and the humbling Warrior Award.

Best Cameo of the Year
Scott Quinnell's reoccurring cameo on Stella is nothing short of fantastic, but David Moffett's cameo in the big Welsh rugby debate certainly had the biggest impact. Moff rode into town, stirred everything up with his 'Moffesto,' forced an EGM and rode off into the sunset.

Old Dog, New Tricks
As players get older they have to learn to adapt and diversify. To improve all their skills and keep themselves in the race for starting places with the young bucks. How else to you explain Adam Jones' drop goal?
Funniest Typo of the Year 

One Sided Fight of the YearWith video technology and referees running the line, there is little opportunity to throw a punch in modern rugby. When two players square up it usually results in little more than a shoving contest. However, when Tom Youngs squared up to Salesi Ma'afu in the semi finals of the Aviva Premiership it led to a swift one-two from the Wallaby. That put Youngs on his backside and the Aussie in the changing room. Then they showed the spirit of rugby isn't dead when on Twitter after the game by offering to buy each other a pint.

Twitter Spat of the Year
After Mike Phillips steamed into a handbags display as Wales took on Ireland, One Direction's Niall Horan took to Twitter to call Phillips an "arrogant idiot."
Phillips sent one of the greatest replies in the history of sport on Twitter, "Come down to training in the week big boy. And bring the rest of the Beatles with you." Horan declined but the pair had a photo taken together squaring up outside Madison Square Garden in December.

Lord Lucan Award for Going Missing
Plenty of players are accused of going missing in the big games, but the Blues players watching from a corporate box
took it literally.

Banner of the Year
Rant of the Year
Richard Cockerill spends a lot of his time ranting about other people, but Martin Castrogiovanni aimed one back at Cockers in spectacular fashion. See the transcript

Luke Charteris Award for Most Column Inches
Gareth Anscombe's move to the Blues from Chiefs was meticulously scrutinised on a seemingly daily basis. Epic on field performances between Wilfred Bony dress ups and 78th minute shoulder charges kept Liam Williams in the headlines. Whilst performances, transfer speculation and booing fans kept Rhys Priestland in the back pages.
However, it was the incredible volume of articles regarding Sam Burgess' code switch, his World Cup prospects and debate into which position he should play that sees Slammin' Sam take the award.

Warrior 2014
There are no end of warriors on the rugby pitch, but some times that spills over into life. Richard Parks continues to amaze with his incredible feats of courage and determination; meanwhile Joost van der Westhuizen, Matt Hampson and Henry Fraser continue to fight all life can throw at them.
However, Warrior of the year must go to Owen Williams. Ows was playing some pretty fine rugby until the freak accident in Singapore. The Blues man continues to make progress after the horrific spinal injury and it was great to see him at the Millennium Stadium in November.

Support Owen Williams with your #StayStrongForOws wristbands.
Manics - Faster (Live at Glastonbury 1994)

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