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Russell Coutts is coming to collect

Russell Coutts confirmed he will attend the New Zealand's most prestigious sporting award, the Halberg Sportsman of the Year, with his mother Beverly and is honoured to have been nominated.

The Wellington-born 41-year-old heard of his selection as a finalist on the radio while holidaying in Mt Maunganui over Christmas.

He is aware of the anger some people feel because the win came against a New Zealand team But he sees little relevance in the argument he should not be eligible.

"I'm focusing on the sporting side of it. I'm there for a sporting occasion. This is a New Zealand award for sport. That's what it's all about," Coutts said. "In terms of the criteria, as I see it, I'm a New Zealander and I'm a sportsman."   more...

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