The Welsh rugby player of 2022 candidates and who deserves your vote With the year drawing to a close it’s time for you to decide who has been the best men’s player in Wales this year.
As 2022 draws to a close it’s time to consider who has been the best Welsh rugby player in what has been a bitterly disappointing calendar year for the men’s national team. You can vote for your selection below, with the results being revealed before the year is out.
To help you on your way, two of WalesOnline’s rugby correspondents give their views on who should be crowned Wales men’s rugby player of the year from the six chosen candidates. The Wales women’s player of the year vote will launch later this week.
Steffan Thomas’ choice – Louis Rees-Zammit
It’s been a disastrous year for Wales, one which led to Wayne Pivac dropping his process as head instruct.
But despite the collective disasters of the crew, a few players did pull thru with their reputations intact. Nobody shone more brightly than Louis Rees-Zammit.
Who is your Wales men’s rugby player of 2022?
- Dan Biggar
- Louis Rees-Zammit
- Jac Morgan
- Tommy Reffell
- Will Rowlands
- Taulupe Faletau
The 21-year-old is pure box workplace and is one of most effective Welsh players, the other being Taulupe Faletau, who might be extreme contenders for a World XV.
The Gloucester wing is one of the deadliest finishers in international rugby and has been terrorising defences at each membership and check level all year, however Rees-Zammit is extra than only a pace merchant and has an all-spherical game to rival any wing within the international.
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He also showed outstanding maturity for any such younger participant bouncing lower back from getting dropped for the Six Nations check against England to regain his place within the side a fortnight later.
2022 isn’t a year anyone in Welsh rugby will look back on fondly, with all facets of the game struggling from the national team downwards. Expect him to get even better under the tutelage of Warren Gatland.
As the 12 months ended in Wales prevailing just three of their 12 matches, costing Wayne Pivac his activity, selecting the participant of the year does not come easy. Taulupe Faletau was superlative as ever, while Tommy Reffell shone in South Africa.
But perhaps the honor belongs to Jac Morgan. Brought into the beginning facet for his debut in Wales’ handiest Six Nations victory this yr, towards Scotland, he additionally helped turn the game in Wales’ favour late on at Twickenham – albeit in a losing cause – via challenging England on the breakdown after coming off the bench.
Overlooked for the excursion of South Africa for not being big sufficient, he answered in addition to all and sundry should – coming off the bench to shine towards Argentina in Welsh rugby’ 0.33 and very last victory of the season, before crossing for braces towards Georgia and Australia.
With three starts offevolved and 3 appearances off the bench, you can’t help but experience Morgan turned into underutilised in 2022 – but while he became referred to as upon, he looked each component the Test player.
Wales 23 New Zealand 55
How many times have we seen this game? The All Blacks were just irresistible. Wales were game and to come back swinging after going 17-0 down – scoring one superb try on the way – deserves big credit. Ten minutes into the second half, it was only 29-23.
But New Zealand’s 55-23 win at the Principality Stadium was one displaying their ruthlessness when the opposition allow them slivers of a chance.
Ardie Savea was a tornado out there, while Aaron Smith was zippy in a two-try display. Jordie Barrett scored one, catching a Richie Mo’unga kick high above his head, and got another team try near the death. But it was the go-forward they created, allied with slickness of hands, that stunned Welsh rugby.