Josh van der Flier and Sam Monaghan named as Irish rugby players’ players of the year

Josh van der Flier

Josh van der Flier and Sam Monaghan have been named as the Accenture men’s and women’s XVs players’ players of the year for 2022.

Van der Flier has earned no shortage of praise for his performances this season as he has played a crucial role for both Leinster and Ireland.

The flanker has pipped fellow nominees Caelan Doris, Mack Hansen and Hugo Keenan in picking up the award and gave thanks to those who played with and against him throughout the season for selecting him as player of the year.

“I have many great memories from what has been a special year for me, on both a personal and professional level. To be acknowledged by my teammates and opponents in this way is particularly humbling,” van der Flier said.

“A special word of thanks to my fiancé and family who continue to help guide me through!”

‘To be voted by them for this award is an extreme honour.’

Ireland lock Sam Monaghan has won the women’s player of the year award, seeing off competition from fellow nominees Linda Djougang and Eve Higgins in doing so.

Monaghan has just nine caps for Ireland but she made a massive impact for her side in this year’s Six Nations and looks primed to win many more caps for her country in the future.

Success with Ireland is clearly on Monaghan’s mind as she praised her team mates for their efforts this year.

“This team has been through a tremendous amount this year, we always keep fighting. The bravery these players have shown, past and present, on and off the pitch, is captivating,” Monaghan commented.

“To be voted by them for this award is an extreme honour and we will continue to fight to put the green jersey in a better place for the next generation.”

Full list of winners at the Rugby Players Ireland Awards.

ACCENTURE MEN’S XVs PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022

Caelan Doris                                 Leinster Rugby
Mack Hansen                               Connacht Rugby
Hugo Keenan                               Leinster Rugby
Josh van der Flier                Leinster Rugby

ACCENTURE WOMEN’S XVs PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022

Linda Djougang                           ASM Romagnat Rugby
Eve Higgins                                  Railway Union
Sam Monaghan                     Wasps Women’s Rugby

NEVIN SPENCE MEN’S XVs YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022

Michael Lowry                             Ulster Rugby
Cian Prendergast                 Connacht Rugby
Dan Sheehan                                Leinster Rugby

WHOOP WOMEN’s XVs YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022

Eve Higgins                      Railway Union
Neve Jones                            Gloucester Hartpury
Aoibheann Reilly                  Blackrock College

MSL MERCEDES-BENZ DEALERSHIPS‘ MEN’S XVs TRY OF THE YEAR 2022

Caelan Doris                      Ireland v New Zealand, Autumn Nations Cup
Mack Hansen                          Connacht Rugby v Vodacom Bulls, United Rugby Championship
Mack Hansen                          France v Ireland, Guinness Six Nations

iZEST MARKETING WOMEN’S XVs TRY OF THE YEAR 2022

Eve Higgins                         France v Ireland, TikTok Women’s Six Nations
Eve Higgins                              Ireland v Italy, TikTok Women’s Six Nations
Lindsay Peat                             Ireland v USA, Autumn International

AIB CORPORATE BANKING MEN’S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022

Terry Kennedy                               
Bryan Mollen
Andrew Smith

TRITONLAKE WOMEN’S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022

Eve Higgins
Lucy Mulhall
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe  

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