Players name O'Connell Player of the Year

Players name O'Connell Player of the Year

Paul O’Connell is the 2015 IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year.

The Munster and Ireland legend won the award last night at the 13th annual Awards ceremony after his fellow Ireland players had voted for him, while supporters gave him the Newstalk Supporters’ Player of the Year gong.

He becomes the third player to win the IRUPA award twice, Gordon D’Arcy and Tommy Bowe being the other two-time winners, as he also picked up the honour in 2006.

O'Connell beat off competition from his fellow Munster team-mate Conor Murray, Leinster's Jonathan Sexton and Connacht's Robbie Henshaw to win the award.

However, Henshaw beat Leinster duo Jack Conan and Jack McGrath to the Nevin Spence Young Player award, and becomes the only player to win an award three years in a row.

The Connacht and Ireland centre, who was nominated in three categories, also added the VW Try of the Year award for his try against England in the RBS Six Nations.

Paul, who started all of Ireland’s Six Nations games this year and earned his 100th International cap against Wales, said: “It is really great to win this award, it’s hard to believe it is nine years ago that I last won it!

"It’s been a fantastic season for Ireland and winning my 100th cap during the Six Nations was really special, so this tops it off nicely.”

Paul's former Munster and Ireland team-mate, flanker David Wallace, joined the BNY Mellon IRUPA Hall of Fame, while the members of the Ireland Sevens squad elected Lucy Mulhall as the BNY Mellon Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2015.

In a season of standout performances and memories, members of the public voted Ireland’s RBS Six Nations title win as the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa as the Rugby Moment of the Year via Twitter. The award was collected by Sean O’Brien and Joe Schmidt.

HIBERNIA COLLEGE IRUPA PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner: Paul O’Connell, Munster

Nominations:

Robbie Henshaw, Connacht

Conor Murray, Munster

Paul O’Connell, Munster

Jonathan Sexton, Racing Metro

NEVIN SPENCE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner: Robbie Henshaw, Connacht

Nominations:

Jack Conan, Leinster

Robbie Henshaw, Connacht

Jack McGrath, Leinster

VOLKSWAGEN TRY OF YEAR 2015

Winner: Robbie Henshaw - Ireland v England, RBS Six Nations

Nominations:

Craig Gilroy - Ulster v Scarlets, Pro12

Robbie Henshaw - Ireland v England, RBS Six Nations

Kieran Marmion - Connacht v Leinster, Pro12

HIBERNIA COLLEGE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE 2015

Winner: Michael Swift, Connacht

Nominations:

Chris Henry, Ulster

Felix Jones, Munster

Michael Swift, Connacht

BNY MELLON IRUPA HALL OF FAME 2015

Inducted: David Wallace, Munster

3 UNSUNG HERO 2015

Winner: Darragh Fanning, Leinster

Nominations:

Callum Black, Ulster

Darragh Fanning, Leinster

Denis Hurley, Munster

NEWSTALK 106-108FM SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2015

Winner: Paul O’Connell, Munster

POWERSCOURT HOTEL RESORT & SPA MOMENT OF THE YEAR 2015

Ireland winning the RBS Six Nations Title as voted by the public on Twitter @PowerscourtHtl #PHMoment15.

BNY MELLON WOMEN’S SEVENS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2015

Lucy Mulhall

ZURICH CONTRIBUTION TO IRISH SOCIETY 2015

Alan Quinlan

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