Tuesday 27 September 2016

All provinces represented as nominees for rugby players' player of the year revealed

Published 21/04/2016 | 12:20

Ireland prop Jack McGrath
Ireland prop Jack McGrath

For the first time ever, all four provinces are represented on the shortlist for the Zurich IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year Award.

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Rory Best (Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), Jack McGrath (Leinster) and CJ Stander (Munster) have all been nominated by their fellow professionals for the main award at a ceremony in the Double Tree Hotel on May 4.

The nominations are based on consistent form across the Pro 12, Champions Cup, Challenge Cup, World Cup and Six Nations.

The Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year – an award which Henshaw has won for the last three years – will also be announced. This year it is contested by a host of talented young players who have stormed onto the scene.

Leinster have two representatives in Gary Ringrose and Josh Van Der Flier, whilst Ulster’s blockbusting midfielder Stuart McCloskey rounds out the trio. The three players have had breakthrough seasons for their provinces with the latter two making their debuts for Ireland in the 6 Nations.

Amongst the other prestigious awards, the BNY Mellon Hall of Fame will take place on the night, with the recipient to be announced in due course.

Other awards presented on the evening include: The Volkswagen Try of the Year, The Irish Times Supporters’ Player of the Year, the Zurich Contribution to Irish Society Award, the BNY Mellon Women’s XVs Player of the Year, the IRUPA Women’s 7s Player of the Year, the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa Moment of the Year and The Vodafone Medal for Excellence.

Commenting on the Awards night was Former IRUPA Board Member and Player of the Year 2015, Paul O’Connell: “To be nominated for an IRUPA Award is such a fantastic achievement, it really is a great honour to be recognised by your fellow players.  I would like to congratulate all the nominees, wish them the best and hope they enjoy the night."

ZURICH IRUPA PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

Robbie Henshaw                     Connacht

CJ Stander                               Munster

Jack McGrath                          Leinster

Rory Best                                 Ulster

 

NEVIN SPENCE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

Josh Van Der Flier                   Leinster

Stuart McCloskey                    Connacht

Gary Ringrose                          Leinster

 

BNY MELLON IRUPA HALL OF FAME 2016

Recipient to be announced the week of 25th of April 2016

 

VOLKSWAGEN TRY OF YEAR 2016

Craig Gilroy                             Ulster v Scarlets                     Guinness Pro12          

Jamie Heaslip                         Ireland v Italy                         RBS 6 Nations

Matt Healy                              Connacht v Grenoble            Challenge Cup

 

SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

Robbie Henshaw                     Connacht

Jack McGrath                           Leinster

Rory Best                                  Ulster

Conor Murray                          Munster

Jonathon Sexton                     Leinster

CJ Stander                                Munster

Jared Payne                              Ulster

Matt Healy                               Connacht

 

ZURICH CONTRIBUTION TO IRISH SOCIETY 2016

The award will be presented at the ceremony on Wednesday 4th May 2016.

 

BNY MELLON WOMEN’S XVs PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

Sene Naoupu                          Galwegians

Paula Fitzpatrick                     St. Mary’s

Ciara Griffin                             Tralee

 

POWERSCOURT HOTEL MOMENT OF THE YEAR 2016

Voted by the public on Twitter @PowerscourtHtl #PHMoment16 the Rugby Moment of the Year will be unveiled at the Awards ceremony on Wednesday 4th May 2016. 

 

VODAFONE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE 2016

Isaac Boss                    Leinster

Ronan Loughney         Connacht

John Muldoon             Connacht

 

IRUPA WOMEN’S SEVENS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016

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