Dan Carter, the International Rugby Board's player of the
year, has failed to make the shortlist for the All Blacks' top
Captain Richie McCaw, No8 Kieran Read and centre Conrad Smith
are the New Zealand Rugby Union's nominees for the Kelvin R
Tremain Memorial player of the year award, which will be
announced in Auckland on Friday.
All Blacks' first-five Carter beat McCaw, Englishman Owen
Farrell and Frenchman Freddie Michalak for the IRB player of
the year award recently. It was the second time Carter had
won the award.
In other nominees announced today, Israel Dagg, Liam Messam
and Aaron Smith are contenders for the Tom French Memorial
Maori player of the year, and Rawinia Everitt, Fiao'o
Fa'amausili, Selica Winiata are vying for the NZRU women's
player of the year award.