Nievas and Rasivhenge win Referee Award at World Rugby Awards 2016

Alhambra Nievas of Spain and Rasta Rasivhenge of South Africa pose withe the World Rugby referee Award during the World Rugby Awards 2016. (Photo by Tom Shaw - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

At the glittering World Rugby Awards ceremony in London last night, the World Rugby Referee Award was awarded, for the first time jointly, to Alhambra Nievas of Spain and Rasta Rasivhenge from South Africa.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Alhambra Nievas (L) and Rasta Rasivhenge (R) are presented with the World Rugby Referees of the Year 2016 Award by Anthony Buchanan (C) during the World Rugby Awards 2016 at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 13: Alhambra Nievas and Rasta Rasivhenge are presented with the World Rugby Referees of the Year 2016 Award by Anthony Buchanan. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Nievas and Rasivhenge refereed the women’s and men’s Olympic gold medal matches in Rio to bring the curtain down on impressive seasons on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series match official panels. Nievas, nominated for the second year running and one of the leading women’s referees in 15s rugby, also took charge of three cup finals on the series in Sao Paulo, Langford and Clermont-Ferrand. Rasivhenge officiated on both the men’s and women’s series, taking charge of the men’s finals in Sydney and Las Vegas. In the 15s game, he refereed his first test match (Namibia v Uganda), and blew the whistle in his debut SuperRugby season.

The other two nominees were Jérôme Garcès (France) and Jaco Peyper (South Africa).

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett and England’s Sarah Hunter were named World Rugby Men’s and Women’s Players of the Year 2016 at the ceremony.

Our congratulations to Alhambra and Rasta!

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