Cama named IRB Sevens Player of the Year
May 13, 2012
New Zealand's Tomasi Cama has capped a fine season with the IRB Sevens Player of the Year award © PA Photos
New Zealand's Tomasi Cama has been named the IRB Sevens Player of the Year on the same day his side captured their 10th HSBC Sevens World Series crown.
Fijian-born Cama was up for the award for the second year running, having lost out to South Africa's Cecil Afrika last season. Once again he has been a key factor behind New Zealand's excellence and the creative spark behind their latest Series triumph that was confirmed at the season-ending London 7s.
Cama fought off stiff competition from compatriot Frank Halai and England's Mat Turner to win the coveted individual accolade. As well as finishing the season with 34 tries, Cama's impeccable drop-kicking helped him to 390 points for the season, the leading mark. He also ends the season second in the all time point-scoring charts with 1,627, behind only England's Ben Gollings.
Cama becomes the third New Zealand player to win the prize, following Orene Ai'i, Afeleke Pelenise and his captain DJ Forbes.
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