Kennedy Crowned World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player Of The Year
Terry Kennedy has been crowned the World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year following an outstanding 2022 season.
Kennedy played a central role in a memorable campaign for the Ireland Men’s Sevens squad, as they recorded their highest ever finish of fifth on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, and then claimed a historic bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town in September.
The 26-year-old, who was the World Series top try scorer in 2022, was announced as the Men’s Sevens Player of the Year at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco this evening, capping a superb twelve months for the Ireland Sevens programme.
Kennedy scored a remarkable 50 World Series tries in just 52 games across the 2021/22 season, as James Topping’s men established themselves as a real force on the circuit, winning their first World Series medal as runners-up in Toulouse last May.
From there, they finished the season by scaling new heights at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, beating Australia to win a magical bronze in Cape Town, with Kennedy in talismanic form.
The fleet-footed Dubliner saw off stiff competition from Australian duo Nick Malouf and Corey Toole and Fiji’s Kaminieli Rasaku to claim the award, becoming the first Ireland Sevens player to be named World Player of the Year.
Another member recognised on the global stage, a historic achievement and huge congratulations from all at St. Mary's on your award.