Schmidt honoured and U-20s win big
Joe Schmidt's glittering spell as Leinster and Ireland coach was last night recognised at the Guinness Rugby Writers awards ceremony in Dublin.
The head coach, who is currently in New Zealand following a family bereavement, will leave his post after the World Cup after a decade of achievement with Leinster and Ireland.
Captain Rory Best collected the Tom Rooney Award on his behalf last night, with the coach sending a video message of thanks. James Ryan and Ciara Griffin won the Men's and Women's player-of-the-year awards, while the Ireland U-20s were voted team of the year after their Grand Slam success.
Jordan Conroy and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe were the inaugural winners of the new Sevens player-of-the-year awards in the men's and women's codes, while AIL winners Cork Constitution won the Dave Guiney Club of the Year.
Former Ireland centre Michael Kiernan (Dolphin) was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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