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This reward is likely to spark a lot of talk in France. Controversial international referee Ben O’Keeffe has been announced as Referee of the Year by the New Zealand Rugby Union for the fourth time at the ASB Rugby Awards. In fact, the New Zealander did not leave great memories in the minds of the French, after the quarter-final match that saw South Africa eliminate France. The match witnessed a lot of controversial events, to say the least.
Ardi Savea, Player of the Year
Meanwhile, Ardi Savea was named Player of the Year for the second time in his career. Ruahei Demant, the Black Ferns’ opening half, has succeeded. Already named World Player of the Year for 2023 by World Rugby, the unfortunate World Cup finalist was voted All Blacks Player of the Year, while being nominated alongside Aaron Smith, Geordie and Scott Barrett.
We would not have a match without the valuable role of the match officials. Referee of the Year Ben O’Keefe continues to perform, with a measured ability to facilitate the game and manage players in big match settings #ASBRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/VTeVmm8Z3h
– New Zealand Rugby (@NZRugby) December 14, 2023
This reward is likely to spark a lot of talk in France. Controversial international referee Ben O’Keefe has been announced as Referee of the Year by the New Zealand Rugby Union for the fourth time at the ASB Rugby Awards.
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