James Ryan was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year at the annual Leinster Rugby awards night last night in Dublin.
The 22-year-old has made 13 appearances in a Leinster shirt this season with his stats including one try, 283 metres gained and 172 carries.
Ryan has enjoyed a prolific career since making his competitive debut for the province in September 2017 and in 2018, he was named the Young Player of the Year. This year, that award was given to Max Deegan who has scored six tries in his 22 appearances this season.
Leinster’s departing players, including Seán O’Brien, Jack McGrath, Nick McCarthy, Noel Reid, Tom Daly, Ian Nagle and Mick Kearney were all recognised on the night for their contribution to the province.
Speaking at the ceremony, O’Brien said he was looking forward to the busy end of the season with the team.
“Leinster is a special place; the lads, the coaches. I’ve put everything I have into it.
“What I’m focused on now is getting ready for the end of the season. There’s huge excitement. It’s a privilege for us as players to represent our province, families and communities.”
Dave Kearney was awarded Try of the Year following his score against Toulouse in the pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup. Seán Cronin was chosen as the Supporters Player of the Year while the Women’s Rugby Award went to Sene Naoupu.
Meanwhile, St Michael’s College were awarded the School of the Year award following their impressive win in the Leinster Senior Cup.
A full list of winners can be found below.
Bearing Point Tackle of the Year: Luke McGrath
Bank of Ireland Junior Club of the Year: Suttonians RFC
CityJet Senior Club of the Year: Naas RFC
Beauchamps Contribution to Leinster Rugby: Larry Halpin
Life Style Sports Supporters’ Player of the Year: Seán Cronin
Irish Independent Development School of the Year: Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge
Deep RiverRock School of the Year: St Michael’s College
Guinness Hall of Fame Inductee: Paul Dean
Energia Women’s Rugby Award: Sene Naoupu
Irish Independent Try of the Year: Dave Kearney
Laya Healthcare Young Player of the Year: Max Deegan
Bank of Ireland Players’ Player of the Year: James Ryan