Tim Mikkelson misses out on IRB sevens award

Last updated 08:52 12/05/2014
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TOP KIWI: Tim Mikkelson may not be IRB Player of the Year, but he's still a key player in the World Series winning NZ Sevens team.

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Tim Mikkelson has missed out on the IRB Sevens Player of the Year award, with Fijian flier Samisoni Viriviri taking the title.

Viriviri was the top try scorer in the IRB Sevens World Series this year with 52, ahead of Mikkelson on 33.

The award was presented today at a function in London following the final tournament of the world series at Twickenham. New Zealand won both the fixture and the series.

Mikkelson would have been the first player to win the player of the year award twice, after claiming the title in 2013, but lost out to Viriviri who had been outstanding all year.

South African Kyle Brown and England's Tom Mitchell were the other finalists.

New Zealand captain DJ Forbes and Manawatu forward Scott Curry were named in the IRB Sevens Team of the Year.

They were joined by Canadians John Moonlight and Philip Mack, Viriviri, South African Justin Geduld, and Australian Cameron Clark.

The inaugural Rookie of the Year award went to New Zealand's Ambrose Curtis, playing his first season with coach Gordon Tietjens' side.

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