Ireland and Lions back row forward Stephen Ferris scooped the top accolade of Heineken Personality of the Year at the annual Heineken Ulster Rugby Awards Ceremony last night.
Ulster’s number 6 was singled out for his remarkable come-back from injury and subsequent performances for the province this season, three of which earned him Heineken Cup Man of the Match Awards.
Craig Gilroy collected the prize for Young Player of the Year. Last year’s Academy Player of the Year has continued to make an impact with twenty-six starts from twenty-nine games to date.
Pedrie Wannenburg was honoured by the Ulster supporters club, picking up the URSC Player of the Year Award while fellow back row operator Chris Henry won the Bank of Ireland Ulster Player of the Year Award.
Scrum-half Paul Marshall was chosen as the Belfast Telegraph Most Improved Player of the Year while Chris Farrell walked away with the Phoenix Gas Academy Player of the Year award.
Other winners on the night:
Calor Gas Ulster Youth Player of the Year – Russell Blair, Ballymoney RFC
Ulster Branch Schools' Player of the Year – James Harrison, Methodist College
Kukri Club of the Year – Malone RFC
Dorrington B Faulkner Award sponsored by Perennials – John Wilson
Ken Goodall Award for Outstanding Club Player of the Year – Richard Lutton (Belfast Harlequins).