Sunday 27 May 2018

Leavy claims double win at Leinster awards night

Dan Leavy and Aoife Rafter at the Leinster Rugby awards dinner in the InterContinental Hotel last night. Photo: Sportsfile
Dan Leavy and Aoife Rafter at the Leinster Rugby awards dinner in the InterContinental Hotel last night. Photo: Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Dan Leavy was the big winner at Leinster's awards dinner last night as the Ireland openside took home both the fans' and players' player of the year awards.

It was a fitting reward for the 23-year-old who has been in superb form despite being injured early in the campaign, playing a big role in Ireland's Grand Slam and a leading part in the province's march to the Champions Cup final and Guinness PRO14 play-offs.

Leavy's fellow St Michael's graduate James Ryan was crowned young player of the year after a remarkable break-out season.

The 21-year-old had plenty of competition after a season where a number of new talents 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.

"I am delighted for Dan and James," head coach Leo Cullen said.

"This is very much a squad effort and nothing would be possible without the contributions of each and every one of the 53 players we have used this season, but I think we can all see that Dan and James have had outstanding years and I congratulate them both.

"The award is probably that bit more special as it has been voted for by their fellow players."

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.

Irish Independent

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