Habana deserves it. He has shone in every single competition he played in, especially in the world cup (and any judgement on player of the year has to be weighted heavily by the world cup: it's the most important competition in the rugby world). He has scored tries, easy finishes, difficult finishes, flashy finishes all sorts. He scored the last minute try in S14 final. Plus his defence hasn't been too shoddy (especially in WC final). Despite being such a superstar, he is also very much a team player. And he has a RWC winners medal. are there any other real contenders? of those nominated i don't think the Argentines did quite enough, especially in consistancy. McCaw would have got it had it been awarded before the world cup. but it wasn't and mcCaw didn't lead his side to victory. Of those not nominated, the only player i'd consider would be Matfield.