Josh van der Flier and Sam Monaghan were the big winners at the Rugby Players Ireland Awards this evening.
Van der Flier was named the Accenture Men’s XVs Players’ Player of the Year by his fellow players, with Wasps player Monaghan receiving the women's award following several prominent performances this season.
Despite having two efforts in the mix for the MSL Mercedes-Benz Dealerships’ Men’s XVs Try of the Year, Mack Hansen lost out to Caelan Doris for his try against New Zealand.
Eve Higgins of Railway Union took home the WHOOP Women’s XVs Young Player of the Year, having also been nominated for the overall award.
Terry Kennedy, who scooped the AIB Corporate Banking Men's 7s Player of the Year for the second year in a row, was also honored on the night, while Cian Prendergast received the Nevin Spence Men's Young Player of the Year Award, in a year that marks the tenth anniversary of Nevin's passing.
Simon Keogh, CEO of Rugby Players Ireland, speaking on the awards, commented: “I am delighted to see Sam, Josh and all our winners receive the recognition of their peers following what has been a hugely successful season for Irish Rugby, both on and off the field.
"Winning a Rugby Players Ireland Award is the highest honour an individual player can receive in Ireland. To be acknowledged by your teammates and opponents in this manner goes some way to justifying the sacrifices that are required to make it at the top-level of the game.”
Caelan Doris Leinster Rugby
Mack Hansen Connacht Rugby
Hugo Keenan Leinster Rugby
Linda Djougang ASM Romagnat Rugby
Eve Higgins Railway Union
Michael Lowry Ulster Rugby
Dan Sheehan Leinster Rugby
Neve Jones Gloucester Hartpury
Aoibheann Reilly Blackrock College
Mack Hansen Connacht Rugby v Vodacom Bulls, United Rugby Championship
Mack Hansen France v Ireland, Guinness Six Nations
Eve Higgins Ireland v Italy, TikTok Women’s Six Nations
Lindsay Peat Ireland v USA, Autumn International