The New Zealand Federation on Thursday announced the results of the prestigious ASB Rugby Awards. At the awards ceremony, Ben O’Keefe was voted Referee of the Year while Ardi Savea was honored as New Zealand Player of the Year.
The end of the year is approaching, so it’s clearly time to take stock of this 2023 at rugby level. In New Zealand, the ASB Rugby Awards had the honor of rewarding the Talent of the Year. While the title of New Zealand Player of the Year was awarded to Ardi Savea – who he was He was voted Player of the Year by World Rugby – It was referee Ben O’Keefe who won the title of Best Referee 2023. He officiated the matches between France – South Africa and England – South Africa during the last World Cup, and was admired for his ability to facilitate the match.
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
Among other winners, Liana Mikaele Tu’u was named Black Fearns of the Year and Scott Barrett was named DHL Super Rugby Pacific Player of the Year.