The annual Volvo-RUPA Awards Lunch takes place at The Ivy in Sydney on Wednesday December 12th, with players to be celebrated as eight Awards are presented to reward excellence on and off the field in 2018.
Further to that, nearly a third of members of the RUPA Centurions Club will be in attendance and their outstanding achievements recognised, as we acknowledge all 59 Australian players who have reached 100 Super Rugby caps and present many of these players with their Centurions Club tie.
Rugby.com.au will be live-streaming the Lunch via their Facebook page.
The finalists are as follows (Click on each subject heading for further information about each finalists' nomination)
Rory Arnold, Israel Folau, Will Genia, Michael Hooper, Samu Kerevi, David Pocock, Anaru Rangi, Taniela Tupou.
2017 winner: Isi Naisarani
Folau Fainga'a, Jack Maddocks, Will Miller, Ben O'Donnell, Jordan Petaia.
2017 winner: Marika Koroibete
Emily Chancellor, Emilee Cherry, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Lewis Holland, Michael Hooper, Ben O'Donnell, Evania Pelite, David Pocock, Izack Rodda
2017 winner: Charlotte Caslick
Sam Carter, Tom Cusack, Wharenui Hawera, Tom Robertson, Fereti Sa'aga
2017 winner: James Dargaville
Allan Alaalatoa, Richard Hardwick, Jed Holloway, Lachlan McCaffrey, Andrew Muirhead
2017 winner(s): Robbie Abel + Matt Sandell
Lachie Anderson, Maurice Longbottom, Ben O'Donnell, John Porch, James Stannard
2017 winner: James Stannard
Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry, Dominique du Toit, Evania Pelite, Emma Tonegato
2017 winner: Chloe Dalton
Quade Cooper, Tom English, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Jordan Petaia, Alivereti Veitokani
2017 winner: Tom Cusack
To refresh your memory on the 2017 Volvo-RUPA Awards Lunch, click here.
RUPA Centurions Club (By year of reaching 100th cap for Australian teams in Super Rugby)
2004 - George Gregan
2006 - Brendan Cannon, Stephen Larkham, Jeremy Paul, Chris Whitaker, Bill Young
2007 - Chris Latham
2008 - David Lyons, Stirling Mortlock, Nathan Sharpe, George Smith
2009 - Sean Hardman, Scott Staniforth, Phil Waugh, Matt Dunning
2011 - Al Baxter, Mark Chisholm, Matt Giteau
2012 - Adam Freier, Mark Gerrard, Nic Henderson
2013 - Adam Ashley-Cooper, Greg Holmes, Drew Mitchell, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson
2014 - Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper, Saia Fainga'a, Matt Hodgson, James Horwill, Wycliff Palu
2015 - Ben Alexander, Mitch Chapman, Pek Cowan, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Stephen Hoiles, Christian Leali’ifano
2016 - Dave Dennis, Rob Horne, Dean Mumm, Rob Simmons
2017 - James Hanson, Michael Hooper, Mitch Inman, Sekope Kepu, Nick Phipps, Laurie Weeks
2018 – Sam Carter, Kane Douglas, Colby Fainga'a, Bernard Foley, Tevita Kuridrani, David Pocock, Paddy Ryan, James Slipper, Henry Speight