Andrew Trimble wins IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year award
Ulster wing Andrew Trimble scoops IRUPA Players' Player of the Year award
Ulster wing Andrew Trimble has become the latest recipient of the Hibernia College IRUPA players’ player of the year award.
The Ireland international, who has enjoyed a stellar season with club and country, picked up the prestigious award—voted for by professional players in Ireland—ahead of Leinster’s Devin Toner and Munster’s Peter O’Mahony.
It means the world to me. To be honest, there’s that much that’s happened this year that’s it all just built up on top of each other, every single little thing
“It is an honour to be recognised with this award, especially as it’s voted for by the players,” said Trimble. “It’s been a great season and this really tops it all off”.
Trimble scored three tries as he helped Ireland to their first Six Nations title since 2009 and has scored four tries in 20 appearances for Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 as the Irish province joined Leinster and Munster in reaching the semi-finals.
Last week, Trimble picked up a hat-trick of awards at the annual Ulster Rugby Awards Dinner, including Ulster Player of the Year, Ulster Rugby Writers and Broadcasters’ Player of the Year and the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club Player of the Year.
“It means the world to me. To be honest, there’s that much that’s happened this year that’s it all just built up on top of each other, every single little thing,” Trimble told the Irish Times.
“Even being selected at the start of the Six Nations, to developing that into performing okay, to winning the Championship, and even to be nominated with Dev [Toner] and Peter [O’Mahony] who’ve both had unbelievable seasons, I would look up to them.
“I’ve a fair idea how good they’ve been all year so to win this award—especially the fact that it was voted by the players—just means the world to me and it’s definitely a career highlight for me.”
The award is Trimble’s third IRUPA award, having picked up the Young Player of the Year award in 2006 and Try of the Year in 2010.
Winning an IRUPA award is the highest honour a player can receive in this country, Andrew and all the winners and nominees should be congratulated for the high recognition they have received amongst their peers,” said IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein.
Connacht centre/full-back Robbie Henshaw was awarded the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year award for the second year in succession—the first time a player has won back to back awards in any category in the 12 year history of the awards.
The Volkswagen Try of the Year went to IRUPA president Rob Kearney for his intercept try for Ireland in their memorable narrow defeat to New Zealand last November.
Munster’s James Coughlan collected the O2 Unsung Hero award, voted for by the public on the O2 Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Toner may have missed out on the top award on the night, but was presented with the Newstalk106-108fm Supporters’ Player of the Year as chosen by listeners of Off the Ball.
Leinster back-rower Shane Jennings was awarded the Hibernia College Medal for Excellence, which rewards on field effort combined with off field commitment to the game.
The Powerscourt Hotel Rugby Moment of the Year award, a new award voted on through Twitter, went to the Ireland rugby team for their Six Nations win after a thrilling final-day win in France with the award being collected by Leinster and Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy and team manager Michael Kearney.