Robbie Henshaw and Dorothy Wall win Players’ Player of the Year awards

Wall secures double with Young Player of the Year while Gavin Coombes wins men’s prize

 

Ireland and Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw has been voted the Zurich Men’s Players’ Player of the Year by his fellow professionals at Friday’s Irish Rugby Players Awards ceremony hosted by 2014 winner Andrew Trimble and Barry Murphy.

Henshaw, who can play both inside and outside centre and fullback, has won the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year on three occasions but it is the first time he has won in the senior category. He follows from Garry Ringrose, who won the award last time out.

Robbie Henshaw has been voted as the men’s Players’ Player of the Year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Robbie Henshaw has been voted as the men’s Players’ Player of the Year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Henshaw came out ahead of three other nominees Tadhg Beirne (Munster), Tom Daly (Connacht) and Ulster lock Iain Henderson.

The form of the 28-year-old from Athlone last season saw him nominated for the Six Nations Player of the Tournament, while he was also a central feature of the Lions tour to South Africa during the summer.

“The 2020/21 campaign will always stand out in my mind because the circumstances under which we played were so unique,” said Henshaw accepting the award.

“I’m hugely honoured to win this award but I think the wider rugby community also deserve great credit for how they kept the show on the road to give players like Tadhg, Tom, Iain and myself to go out and play for club and country.”

Dorothy Wall took home the Zurich Women’s Players Player of the Year award and was also named the Whoop Women’s Young Players’ Player of the Year, which was being held for the first time.

Wall wins both awards ahead of her international colleague Beibhinn Parsons. The flier won the MLS Motor Group Women’s Try of the Year for her effort against Wales.

In other awards Munster backrow Gavin Coombes rounded off an impressive season with his province by being capped by Andy Farrell in the summer, which was enough to earn him the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year.

Gavin Coombes takes home the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year award. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Gavin Coombes takes home the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year award. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The 23-year-old beat a number of outstanding performers to the trophy including scrumhalf Craig Casey, fullback Hugo Keenan and Leinster flanker Scott Penny.

Munster teammate CJ Stander accepted the Druids Glen Moment of the Year award on behalf of his former Irish teammates for their victory over England in the final round of the Six Nations. The match also marked the last Irish outing for Stander, who had returned to live in South Africa.

Zurich Irish Men’s Players Player of the Year

Winner: Robbie Henshaw, Leinster

Nominees:

Tadhg Beirne, Munster

Tom Daly, Connacht

Iain Henderson, Ulster

Zurich Irish Women’s Players’ Player of the Year

Winner: Dorothy Wall, Munster

Nominees:

Eimear Considine, Munster

Stacey Flood, Leinster

Beibhinn Parsons, Connacht

Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year

Winner: Gavin Coombes, Munster

Nominees:

Craig Casey, Munster

Hugo Keenan, Leinster

Scott Penny, Leinster

Whoop Women’s Young Player of the Year

Winner: Dorothy Wall, Munster

Nominees:

Stacey Flood, Leinster

Brittany Hogan, Ulster

Beibhinn Parsons, Connacht

Zurich Contribution to Irish Society

Tommy Bowe

Izest Marketing Irish Women’s 7s Player of the Year

Winner: Lucy Mulhall

AIB Corporate Banking Irish Men’s 7s Player of the Year

Winner: Terry Kennedy

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Moment of the Year

Winner: Ireland Men v England, Six Nations

Nominees:

Ireland Sevens Olympic Qualification

Ireland Women v Wales, Six Nations

MSL Motor Group Men’s Try of the Year

Winner: JJ Hanrahan, Munster v Cardiff Blues

Nominees:

Robert Baloucoune, Ulster v Leinster PRO14

Keith Earls, Ireland v England Six Nations

Sean O’Brien, Scarlets v Connacht PRO14

MSL Motor Group Women’s Try of the Year

Winner: Beibhinn Parsons Wales v Ireland

Nominees:

Eimear Considine Wales v Ireland

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe Ireland v Italy

Sene Naoupu Wales v Ireland

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