On Wednesday night, Keith Earls was crowned the Zurich Players’ Player Of The Year 2018 after a stellar season which has seen the 30-year-old produce some of the best form of his career.
The accolade will be a special one for Earls considering it is decided upon by his fellow Irish players. Earls beat off stiff competition from Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong to be crowned this season’s PPOTY at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday night.
On receiving his award Earls commented: “It has been a great season with many special memories for me. For all the successes, there were some challenges along the way too and so it means a lot to get the recognition of my fellow players across the country. I’ve given it my all, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my teammates, friends and of course my family.”
Meanwhile, Jacob Stockdale has won the Nevin Spence Young Player Of The Year 2018 after capping off a remarkable season which has seen him voted best player of the Six Nations in addition to breaking the try-scoring record in the same competition.
Below are the winners and nominees for the other categories.
ZURICH IRISH RUGBY PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018
Winner: Keith Earls
NEVIN SPENCE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018
Winner: Jacob Stockdale
BNY MELLON WOMEN’S XVS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018
Winner: Claire Molloy
WOMEN’S 7S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018
Winner: Lucy Mulhall
VOLKSWAGEN TRY OF YEAR 2018
Winner: CJ Stander England v Ireland
Andrew Conway Munster v Toulon
CJ Stander England v Ireland
Jacob Stockdale Ireland v Wales
VODAFONE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE 2018
Winner: Duncan Casey
BNY MELLON RUGBY PLAYERS IRELAND HALL OF FAME 2018
Inducted: Brian O’Driscoll
The MASON ALEXANDER SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018
Winner: Bundee Aki
DRUIDS GLEN HOTEL & GOLF RESORT MOMENT OF THE YEAR 2018
Winner: ‘The Grand Slam’ as voted by the public on Twitter @druidsglen #DruidsMoment18
ZURICH CONTRIBUTION TO IRISH SOCIETY 2018