Nominees: Joji Raqamate (Fiji), Afa Aiono (Samoa), Willie Ambaka (Kenya), Cornal Hendricks (South Africa), Frankie Horne (South Africa), Gillies Kaka (New Zealand), Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand), Dan Norton (England).
In the women’s category the five nominees are: Kelly Brazier (New Zealand), Jennifer Kish (Canada), Kayla McAlister (New Zealand), Emily Scarratt (England) and Kelly van Harskamp (Netherlands).
Sevens Roll of Honour
IRB Sevens Player of the Year
2004 Simon Amor, England
2005 Orene Ai’i, New Zealand
2006 Uale Mai, Samoa
2007 Afeleke Pelenise, New Zealand
2008 DJ Forbes, New Zealand
2009 Ollie Phillips, England
2010 Mikaele Pesamino, Samoa
2011 Cecil Afrika, South Africa
2012 Tomasi Cama, New Zealand
At the end of the pool rounds of Rugby World Cup Sevens the lists will be further shortened, taking into account the public poll, the initial nomination voting process and World Cup form, with the two winners announced in Moscow at the conclusion of Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday June 30.