Friday 14 December 2018

Andrew Trimble named the Guinness Rugby Writers Player of the Year

Andrew Trimble dives in to score Ireland’s second try during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in March
Andrew Trimble dives in to score Ireland’s second try during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in March

Andrew Trimble's heroics in Ireland's journey towards the Six Nations title has earned him the title of the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year.

Trimble, who is currently out with toe ligament injury, started all five of Ireland's games in the 2014 Six Nations.

The 30-year-old was delighted with his award: "It’s a huge honour for me to receive the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year Award," he said.

"It’s always nice picking up an individual award like this, but I have to put it down to being part of such a successful Ireland team last season.

"It’s unfortunate to be injured at the moment, but watching the team play as well as they did against South Africa at the weekend makes me even more determined to get back on the pitch as soon as I can."

The victorious Six Nations team was named the Dave Guiney Team of the Year.

Niamh Briggs picked up the Women’s Player of the Year for a second successive season after a fantastic performance at full-back during the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

She excelled in all aspects of her game, but especially from the kicking tee as Ireland recorded victories over New Zealand, USA and Kazakhstan.

Briggs’ performances also earned her a nomination for IRB Player of the Year.

Clontarf FC was voted Club of the Year after they secured their first AIL title in the club’s history.

They also marked the 1,000 year anniversary of the ‘Battle of Clontarf’ with a historic win over the Barbarians FC.

The Tom Rooney Award was awarded jointly to Phillip Doyle (former Ireland Women’s Head Coach) and Fiona Coghlan (former Ireland Women’s Captain), in recognition of the huge contribution both individuals have made to the development and success of Women’s rugby in Ireland at all levels in recent years.

Former Ireland and British & Irish Lions player Hugo MacNeill was inducted into the Guinness Hall of Fame .

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