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NZ women's sevens pair finalists for IRB award

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 13:17 14/05/2014
Kayla McAlister
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SEVENS STAR: Kayla McAlister.
Sarah Goss
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SEVENS STAR: Sarah Goss.

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New Zealand stars Kayla McAlister and Sarah Goss have been nominated for the IRB women's sevens player of the year award.

They join Australians Charlotte Caslick and Emilee Cherry on the shortlist.

The winner will be named following this weekend's series-decider in Holland where New Zealand and Australia are vying for the crown.

New Zealand hold a two-point lead over Australia heading into the fifth and final tournament of the series.

Both teams have won two tournaments and Amsterdam looms as the perfect showdown.

New Zealand are the defending champions, winning the inaugural title last year as well as the World Cup.

McAlister won the player of the year award last season and has scored 20 tries in the present campaign to push her name forward again.

The former netballer only converted to sevens in 2012, lured by the sport being added to the Olympics programme for Rio 2016.

Goss is at the other end of the sevens spectrum, a non-nonsense forward whose defence has been a key to New Zealand's success. She has been likened to All Blacks Sevens captain DJ Forbes with her work ethic.

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