Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has taken his second personal accolade of the season after he was voted the IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year last night.
The lock led Ireland to their second successive Six Nations title in the spring and was also voted best player of that tournament.
The Munster man has had a stand-out season, starting all of Ireland’s Six Nations games, and earning his 100th international cap against Wales.
This is the second time O’Connell has won the award, taking the honour almost a decade ago in 2006
The 35-year-old said: “It is really great to win this award, it’s hard to believe it is nine years ago that I last won it.
"It’s been a fantastic season for Ireland and winning my 100th cap during the Six Nations was really special, so this tops it off nicely.”
O'Connell joins Gordon D'Arcy and Tommy Bowe as a two-time winner.
Connacht and Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw took the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year award.
Henshaw becomes the first player to win the award three times in a row.
Former Munster and Ireland flanker David Wallace was added to the Hall of Fame.