Cliodhna Moloney and Garry Ringrose have won the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year 2020 awards.
Despite the pandemic interruption, Ringrose enjoyed a remarkably consistent season for both club and country.
Though Ireland endured a disappointing World Cup in Japan, Ringrose was nevertheless one of Ireland’s best performers and he has continued to lead by example on both sides of the lockdown, prompting his recent appointment as captain for Leinster’s Guinness Pro 14 final victory over Ulster.
Ringrose (25), won the award ahead of Andrew Conway, John Cooney and James Lowe.
The Irish Women's XVs Player of the Year 2020 as voted by members of the Ireland squad was presented to Wasps Ladies’ Moloney for several standout performances so far in their Guinness Six Nations campaign.
On receiving his award, Ringrose commented: "It has been a challenging season on and off the pitch, but we have all continued to work hard and learned a great deal from the experience.
Ringrose’s club and international team-mate Caelan Doris was named as the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year. The 22-year-old, who made his Irish debut in February, has also established himself in a highly competitive backrow department at Leinster Rugby.
In claiming the award, Doris was voted in ahead of strong competition in the form of Ryan Baird and Shane Daly.
Meanwhile, retiring Irish 7s player Louise Galvin claimed the Irish Women's 7s Player of the Year, while the Men’s World Series’ top try scorer Jordan Conroy picked up the Irish Men’s 7s Player of the Year.
Joining Ireland’s heroes in the Rugby Players Ireland Hall of Fame was former Ireland, Leinster and Lions centre Gordon D’Arcy.
D’Arcy’s former Leinster teammate Andrew Conway was awarded Try of the Year for his outstanding effort away to the Ospreys in the Heineken Champions Cup.
The Zurich Contribution to Irish Society award, was presented to Billy Holland in recognition of his fundraising efforts in support of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, to the lasting memory of his late daughter Emmeline.