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Bowe is IRUPA Players' Player of the Year

Updated: Thursday, 13 May 2010 14:03

Tommy Bowe scores the winning try against England in this year's RBS Six Nations
Tommy Bowe scores the winning try against England in this year's RBS Six Nations

Ireland and Ospreys winger, Tommy Bowe, was awarded the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year award at the eighth annual Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Awards last night.

This is the second time Bowe has been honoured with the top accolade having won it in 2008. Fionn Carr was also among those recognised; the Connacht flyer was awarded the IRUPA Nature Valley Young Player of the Year.

Bowe was delighted with the award. He said: 'This is the second time I’ve received this Players’ Player award and I’m absolutely thrilled, it’s great to be recognised by the other players especially when you’re playing overseas.'

Andrew Trimble of Ulster picked up the IRUPA Volkswagen Try of the Year for his try against Bath in the Heineken Cup while Leinster’s John Fogarty collected the IRUPA Nokia Unsung Hero Award.

Girvan Dempsey, who recently announced that he is to retire at the end of the season, was inducted into the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Hall of Fame.

Jamie Heaslip was also awarded the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Supporters’ Player of the Year, voted for by listeners of Newstalk106-108 fm.

Niall Woods, CEO of IRUPA said: 'Winning an IRUPA award is the highest honour a player can receive. The winners can take great pride in knowing that they have the total respect of those who they play with and against.

'Congratulations to all those nominated and in particular to Tommy, Andrew, Fionn, John, Jamie and Girv in winning what are the most sought after awards in Irish rugby.'

The O2 Team of the Decade was also announced at the awards and the top 15 included Keith Wood, Peter Stringer, Brian O’Driscoll and Denis Hickie.

The team included nine Munster players, including seven of the pack and the two half-back spots, four from Leinster, Bowe, formerly an Ulster player but now with the Ospreys, and Kildare native Geordan Murphy of Leicester Tigers.

The award was accepted by Malcolm O’Kelly and each player received a commemorative gift from Newbridge Silverware.

BORD GÁIS ENERGY IRUPA PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2010

Winner: Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

Nominations:

Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
Keith Earls (Munster)
Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

IRUPA NOKIA UNSUNG HERO OF THE YEAR 2010

Winner: John Fogarty (Leinster)

Nominations:

John Fogarty (Leinster)
Chris Henry (Ulster)
Michael Swift (Connacht)

IRUPA NATURE VALLEY YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2010

Winner: Fionn Carr (Connacht)

Nominations:

Fionn Carr (Connacht)
Scott Deasy (Munster)
Keith Earls (Munster)

BORD GÁIS ENERGY IRUPA HALL OF FAME 2010

Inducted: Girvan Dempsey (Leinster)

IRUPA VOLKSWAGEN TRY OF YEAR 2010

Winner: Andrew Trimble (Bath v Ulster, Heineken Cup)

Nominations:

Fionn Carr (Leinster v Connacht, Magner’s League)
Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster v Brive, Heineken Cup)
Andrew Trimble (Bath v Ulster, Heineken Cup)

SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTED FOR BY LISTENERS OF NEWSTALK106-108FM

Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

O2 IRUPA TEAM OF THE DECADE (2000-2009)

The pack:

1. Marcus Horan
2. Keith Wood
3. John Hayes
4. Malcolm O’Kelly
5. Paul O’Connell
6. Alan Quinlan
7. David Wallace
8. Anthony Foley

Backs:

9. Peter Stringer
10. Ronan O’Gara
11. Denis Hickie
12. Gordon D’Arcy
13. Brian O’Driscoll
14. Tommy Bowe
15. Geordan Murphy

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