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Sunday 27 May 2018

Leavy big winner at Leinster awards

Dan Leavy with his Bank of Ireland Players’ Player of the Year award. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dan Leavy with his Bank of Ireland Players’ Player of the Year award. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Dan Leavy had plenty to celebrate at Leinster Rugby's awards this week as the Ireland openside scooped both the fans' and players' Player of the Year awards.

The 23-year-old, who has been in flying form despite being injured early in the campaign, played a key role in Ireland's Grand Slam and the province's march to the Champions Cup final and Guinness PRO14 play-offs.

James Ryan, another former St Michael's student, was crowned Young Player of the Year after a remarkable season.

The 21-year-old had plenty of competition after a season where a number of young guns made their mark, but the Ireland lock has been sensational and is yet to lose a senior game since making his international debut in June last year.

Former Ireland international Paul McNaughton was inducted into the Leinster Hall of Fame, while the Irish Independent Try of the Year award went to Jordan Larmour for his effort against Munster at Thomond Park.

Elsewhere, Blackrock College scooped the School of the Year gong after triumphing in the Leinster Junior and Senior Cups.

James Ryan receiving the Laya Healthcare Young Player of the Year award from deputy managing director D.O. O’Connor of Laya Healthcare and Leinster Rugby president Niall Rynne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
James Ryan receiving the Laya Healthcare Young Player of the Year award from deputy managing director D.O. O’Connor of Laya Healthcare and Leinster Rugby president Niall Rynne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Meanwhile, Mullingar RFC picked up the Contribution to Leinster Rugby award.

Blackrock’s games master Evan O’Brien receives the Deep River Rock School of the Year award from Deep River Rock sponsorship and events manager Cathal Garvey (left) and Niall Rynne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Blackrock’s games master Evan O’Brien receives the Deep River Rock School of the Year award from Deep River Rock sponsorship and events manager Cathal Garvey (left) and Niall Rynne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Mullingar RFC’s Hugh Woodhouse picks up the Beauchamps Contribution to Leinster Rugby award from Beauchamps managing partnerJohn White (left) and Niall Rynne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Mullingar RFC’s Hugh Woodhouse picks up the Beauchamps Contribution to Leinster Rugby award from Beauchamps managing partnerJohn White (left) and Niall Rynne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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