The IRB, in conjunction with the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA), has announced the contenders for the IRPA Try of the Year 2009.
The list comprises tries from three June internationals, three November internationals, three from the British & Irish Lions series, three Tri Nations, and three from the Six Nations.
France and New Zealand feature with three tries each, while Shane Williams is the only player on the list to have two tries featured, one for Wales and one for the British & Irish Lions.
Last year Brian ODriscoll won the Inaugral IRPA Try of the Year Award with the great try he scored against Australia, but for the first time this year, its the public who will vote to determine the winner.
“The IRPA Try of the Year is a hugely anticipated Award. Fans have an opportunity to vote for players representing eight nations, plus the British & Irish Lions, and I am sure the vote will be close,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
All you need to do is send an email to
with the number of the try you think should win. You can vote until December 31, with the winner being announced in early January 2010.
Fifteen tries is a lot to cram into one video, so we’ve split it over two so replays are included, giving you a good overall idea of which you should vote for.
1 Berrick Barnes
2 Lee Byrne
3 Gonzalo Comacho
4 Jaque Fourie
5 Imanol Harinordoquy
6 Jamie Heaslip
7 Cedric Heymans
8 Rob Kearney
9 Ma’a Nonu
10 Isaac Ross
11 Shane Williams
12 Alexander Yanyushkin
13 Vincent Clerc
14 Shane Williams
15 Mils Muliaina