Levi, Caslick honoured at World Rugby Sevens Series awards

Mon, May 15, 2023, 6:56 AM
Nathan Williamson
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Australian duo Maddison Levi and Charlotte Caslick have been rewarded for strong seasons at the women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 Awards.

Levi won the Gilbert Top Try Scorer award after breaking the record for most tries in a World Series season with 57 tries.

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The 21-year-old went past the mark set by Portia Woodman-Wickliffe in 2015 with 52.

Levi has amassed an incredible 81 tries in 70 matches on the World Series circuit, sitting just outside the top 20 on the all-time list after just two seasons.

She was also named in the HSBC Dream Team of the Season alongside captain Charlotte Caslick.

Caslick finished third on the Impact Player of the Year standings after another incredible season that saw her lead the World Series for tackles (146), third in breaks (33) and seventh for carries (134).

The Dream Team were dominated by the Black Ferns after they reclaimed the World Series, accounting for four nominations.

This included Michaela Blyde, Stacey Waaka, Tyla Nathan-Wong and Sarah Hirini, with USA powerhouse Ilona Maher rounding out the side.

Teenage sensation Jorja Miller was named Rookie of the Year for the Kiwis whilst Fijian Reapi Ulunisau was named Impact Player of the Year.

 “On behalf of World Rugby, I would like to congratulate all HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 award winners for their tremendous achievements," World Rugby Vice Chairman John Jeffrey said in a statement.

"Winning six trophies out of seven doesn’t go unnoticed and I would like to praise New Zealand for their well-deserved title and the unique brand of rugby showcased this season. Rugby sevens is a truly unique and thrilling sport and with their skills and exceptional tries, players are capturing the hearts of fans around the world.

"All eyes are now on the revamped Sevens Series kicking off later this year and the Paris 2024 Olympics next summer.”

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