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Munster's Rob Penney named Pro12 Coach of the Season

Updated: Sunday, 11 May 2014 21:13 | Comments

Munster's Rob Penney is presented with his award by of RaboDirect PRO12 CEO John Feehan Rob Penney will leave Munster at the end of the season
Munster's Rob Penney is presented with his award by of RaboDirect PRO12 CEO John Feehan Rob Penney will leave Munster at the end of the season

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Munster coach Rob Penney has been named the RaboDirect PRO12 Coach of the Season at the league's end-of-season awards ceremony.

Penney, who will leave the province at the end of the season for a position in Japan, has helped guide Munster through a period of transition.

Munster were beaten by Ulster in Thomond Park on Saturday, but still qualified for the Pro12 play-offs, and will travel to Scotstoun to face Glasgow on Friday.

Munster outhalf JJ Hanrahan also picked an award, taking the Rhino Golden Boot award for kicking accuracy.

Hanrahan converted 87.30% of his kicks (55 out of 63) to narrowly beat Cardiff Blues outhalf Gareth Davies, whose percentage was 86.96%.

Overall, Ospreys outhalf Dan Biggar was named Players’ Player of the Year and Glasgow Warriors’ Jonny Gray was named Young Player of the Year, beating Leinster centre Noel Reid to the title.

Connacht were named 'Rhino Collision Kings' after a panel of experts assessed their efficiency at the breakdown and tackling.

Connacht and Ulster shared a £10,000 cheque to put toward youth development after taking the fair play award for having the fewest yellow and red cards and citings over the 22 games of the regular season.

Retiring Leinster duo Brian O’Driscoll and Leo Cullen received the Chairman's Award in recognition of their stellar careers.

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