World Rugby has named Australia’s Charlotte Caslick as women’s World Sevens Player of the Year.
The award, presented in association with HSBC, recognises the 21-year-old’s achievement this year, which includes a World Series title and an Olympic gold medal wins.
“Playing with a maturity way beyond her 21 years, Charlotte Caslick has been a central figure in Australia’s dominance of women’s sevens over the past 12 months, which yielded a maiden HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series title and the first women’s Olympic gold medal in rugby,” World Rugby said in a statement.
“An inspiration on and off the pitch, Caslick as playmaker is at the heart of everything Australia do and is blessed with great vision and speed of thought, nimble footwork and a turn of pace.”
“From the age of 17 to now 21, Charlotte has matured into the world’s best player,” said Tim Walsh, Australia’s head coach.
“A ruthless competitor with a relentless work ethic and possessing a mental toughness that only comes from being the best, Charlotte has consistently performed at a world class level for over three years.”
Caslick is the second Australian athlete to win the award, beating England’s Emily Scarratt and New Zealand’s Portia Woodman.
In the Men’s Sevens Player of the Year, South African flyer Seabelo Senatla won the award, beating other nominees such as Fiji’s Osea Kolinisau and France’s Virimi Vakatawa. The award recognised the 23-year-old’s achievement in crossing for 66 tries in 10 events in the 2015-16 series.
New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett received the World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year award, while England’s Sarah Hunter attained the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year title.