All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter may have been judged the best player in the world by IRB, but he can't even make the shortlist for New Zealand's top rugby honour.
Carter was named the IRB Player of the Year for the second time in his illustrious career last week, but his name was missing from the list of finalists for the NZRU's Player of the Year award.
Fellow IRB finalist Richie McCaw was named on ther shortlist along with powerful No. 8 Kieran Read and hard-working centre Conrad Smith.
The award was won by Jerome Kaino in 2011 and Kieran Read the year before.
The Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year nominations are All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg (Ngati Kahungunu), loose forward Liam Messam (Ngai Tuhoe) and halfback Aaron Smith (Ngati Kahungunu). This award was won by All Blacks and Whakatohea halfback Piri Weepu in 2011.
Police officers Selica Winiata (first-five eighth, Manawatu) and Fiao'o Fa'amausili (hooker, Auckland), were two of the Black Ferns named as nominees for the NZRU Women's Player of the Year award alongside versatile Auckland and Black Ferns loose forward and lock Rawinia Everitt. Fa'amausili, who captained the side on their England tour this year, won the award last year.
The winners of the awards will be revealed in Auckland on Friday night.