Harlequins Andre Esterhuizen was voted player of the year; Freddie Stewart announces double award | News about Rugby Union
England and Leicester full-back Freddie Stewart scored twice at the awards ceremony, while Tigers teammate Chris Ashton broke the Premiership’s all-time scoring record as voted moment of the season; Marlie Packer Named British Female Player of the Year
Last Updated: 5/25/22 11:56 pm
Harlequins center Andre Esterhuizen won the Rugby Players Association’s best male player award.
Leicester full-back Freddie Steward scored the England Youngster and Men’s Player of the year double.
Esterhuizen polled the highest number of votes from his fellow pundits, having had a stellar season in the Quins’ bid to defend the Gallagher Premiership title.
Esterhuizen, who helped Quins reach the playoffs, said: “It is an incredible honor to win this award and it is voted on by all the players and teams that I have played with. and confrontation makes it all the more special.”
Meanwhile, Stewart beat Marcus Smith, the Irishman, the Londoner, Henry Arundell and the Sale Sharks, supporting Bevan Rodd for the youngster.
The 21-year-old also beat Smith and his teammate Ellis Genge in the UK Men’s Player of the Year award.
Stewart, who made his England debut last summer, said: “It is a great honor to win the award voted for by my peers and I feel very humbled to have won, thanks to the talent ability in the game.”
Marlie Packer won the British female player of the year award, while the Quins scrum-half Danny Care received the RPA’s special award.
Elsewhere, the RPA’s Blyth Spirit award went to Kevin Sinfield and Andrew Fenby, former England women’s star Katy Daley-McLean was inducted into the RPA’s hall of fame and Leicester wing, and record-breaking Chris Ashton Premiership’s all-time scoring was voted moment of the season.