Wednesday 22 November 2017

A lot of people disagreed with Stuart Hogg winning Six Nations Player of the Year

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Scotland's electric fullback Stuart Hogg capped a scintillating Six Nations campaign by winning Player of the Tournament, pipping England's Billy Vunipola by 3% of the vote.

Given that England won the Grand Slam and Vunipola was their driving force, many assumed that the bulldozing back row would scoop the award but with the winner being decided by a public vote, Hogg's swashbuckling moments of skill swayed the outcome.

The Glasgow Warriors fullback enjoyed two particularly memorable moments, scything through a gap in the Irish defence to score a magical try on the final day and delicately assisting wing Tim Visser's score with a perfect flick over his head in the win over France.

Despite such glorious contributions to the 2016 Six Nations, a lot of people felt that Vunipola was the more deserving winner after playing such a prominent part in England's first Grand Slam win since 2003. Hogg won with 30% of the vote, Vunipola received 27%, Wales' George North got 11.6% while Ireland's Conor Murray came fourth with 6%.

 

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