Gup is a good friend of mine from my rugby days and he certainly deserves this award. You can read essays submitted for each player or you can just take my word for it, but if you do vote, vote for Guppy!
Go to:http://www.worldrugbyshop.com/2008-usar ... -vote.html
To vote for JAMES "GUPPY" GILLENWATER for Mens Player of the Year!
"In an effort to recognize the extraordinary work and dedication of the many rugby players and coaches in the United States, USA Rugby and World Rugby Shop have teamed up to highlight some of the truly outstanding players and coaches of our great game over the past year.
These awards are not simply for the best player or best coach in terms of performance, though that can certainly be a part of it, but for the most extraordinary coach or player in every sense of that word. The award winner will be someone who deserves to be recognized for the efforts to improve the game of rugby for their club or country, not simply on how many games they have won or tries they have scored.
To do this we need your help. The finalists have been chosen from a pool of nominations submitted by YOU the rugby community. Now we need you to help pick the winner by casting your vote for each of these finalists in their respective category.
50% of the decision on who will win will come from you the rugby community with our panel of judges making up the final half of the vote. Deadline to cast your vote will be by 12am CST OCTOBER 15, 2008."
"The 2008 Mens Player of the Year Award is meant to recognize both outstanding play on the field and dedication off of it."