SA Rugby Legends Awards Banquet
The inaugural SA Rugby Legends Awards Banquet took place at Sandton Sun in Johannesburg on Friday, 8th December 2006.
Former Scottish and British Lions No.8 Rob Wainwright was the guest speaker with Tommy Lawson supplying the entertainment.
It was a glittering affair with legends like Rob Louw, Deon Keyser and Japie Mulder adding some spice to a most memorable evening.
John Allan deserves a lot of credit for his undying love for the game, which has resulted in many communities from the disadvantaged areas having benefited from all SARLA's efforts.
Gerhard Harding the former Sharks and Northern Transvaal prop was also on hand to handle the auction. It certainly was an evening to remember.
Admin person of the year: Merril Cleal
Merril has been with us since inception and will be retiring at the end of this year. She is leaving a great legacy and a strong platform for our new admin team. You will be sorely missed Merril.
Most tries throughout the season: Deon Kayser
The former Eastern Province, Sharks and Springbok rugby player averages two tries per game since retirement. Johnny has taught him how to drink Hansa which has given him more speed and power.
Best backline player: Japie Mulder
Former Lions and Springbok RWC '95 winner, the crash test dummy is aptly named, because when he hits guys, they look like a crash test dummy!
Best Forward: Andile Nyembezi
"The Beast from the East"
Most dedicated legend: Mark Wood
With over 100 games for EP, Mark always makes an effort to be at all the games and clinics.
Player of the World Rugby Legends Festival: Andre Venter
He was unable to be there with a virus that has paralysed him from the waist down. He has made remarkable strides in the recovery process and everyone in the rugby world wishes him all the best for his recovery. Wynand Claassen accepted the award on his behalf.
Social Responsibility Award: Ian Macintosh
Having coached the SA Rugby Legends to 31 victories from 32 matches (and revenge was had over New Zealand in the Legends Festival), the award goes to a legend in his own right. His enthusiasm and passion was unparalleled. Received by Don Tretheway on behalf of Mac.
Presidents Award: Rob Louw This award is for a person who has the passion, character and humility in dealing with people from all ages and races. This award is for the player who is an exemplary example of what SARLA is all about. Rob Louw is a former WP, Rugby League player from Wigan and a Springbok.