New York (Wednesday July 15, 2015) – American International Group (NYSE: AIG) today announced that Dwayne Irvine, from Queensland, Australia, has won the AIG Rugby Safety Awards 2015. The awards highlight the importance of safe practice to help ensure a safer game globally. Dwayne Irvine will be heading to London, England, this September to meet the All Blacks and see the team in action, courtesy of AIG, the Official Insurance Partner of New Zealand Rugby.
Daniel Glantz, Global Head of Sponsorship at AIG, said; “For the second year running, the response to the AIG Rugby Safety Awards has been remarkable. On behalf of AIG, I would like to congratulate Dwayne Irvine and all of the runners up for their terrific contributions. We hope everyone involved continues to practice safe rugby.”
Dwayne Irvine said; “I’m absolutely speechless, it is so unexpected. As a Kiwi living in Australia and a lifelong All Blacks fan it will be a fantastic experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. The trip coincides with my one year wedding anniversary, so I will be taking my wife to London to celebrate.”
Richard Farr (UK), Aubrey Huey (USA), and Alesha Green (Australia) have been named as the three runners up and will each receive a rugby kit bag worth over $900 USD, complete with training equipment and medical provisions.
Three current All Blacks – Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Keven Mealamu – judged each entry out of 100 points to select the winner. The entries were marked on their originality (30 points), presentation (30 points) and relevance (40 points) to the competition theme: “How do you prepare to play safe rugby?”
AIG, who also support USA Rugby, the Japanese Rugby Federation, and youth programs such as Play Rugby USA, is committed to growing the game of rugby around the world by taking the sport to new territories and encouraging young people to participate whenever possible.