Drum role for dedicated Southland volunteer
Southland's Bill Anderson has been named a finalist in the volunteer category of the New Zealand Rugby Union annual awards to be held in Auckland on December 14.
Anderson works tirelessly for Rugby Southland in basically a fulltime role on a voluntary basis.
Earlier this year, The Southland Times profiled Anderson in the Legends of Sport series honouring those who put in hours of service, often unrecognised.
The finalists in the nine categories are -
Super Rugby Player of the Year: Craig Clarke (Chiefs), Aaron Cruden (Chiefs), Conrad Smith (Hurricanes)
Richard Crawshaw Memorial Sevens Player of the Year: Tomasi Cama (Manawatu), Tim Mikkelson (Waikato), Lote Raikabula (Wellington)
NZRU Age Grade Player of the Year: Jason Emery, Jordan Taufua, Ofa Tu'ungafasi
NZRU Referee of the Year: Nicky Inwood, Glen Jackson, Chris Pollock
Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year: Bill Anderson (Southland), Jim Lonergan (Auckland), Ray Watson (Bay of Plenty)
Provincial Player of the Year: Robbie Fruean (Canterbury), Tim Nanai-Williams (Counties Manukau), Charles Piutau (Auckland)
Heartland Championship Player of the Year: Ben Coman (Buller), Tau Moeke (East Coast), Peter Rowe (Wanganui)
New Zealand Rugby Coach of the Year: Steve Hansen (All Blacks), Dave Rennie (Chiefs), Gordon Tietjens (All Blacks Sevens)
Team of the Year: All Blacks, Canterbury, Chiefs
The Southland Times