Former Leinster out-half Jimmy Gopperth, who was famously released by the province last year following the return of Johnny Sexton from Racing 92, has found life in the Aviva Premiership to be just to his liking.
As Leinster and the IRFU allowed Gopperth’s contract run down, Wasps came calling for the 33-year-old New Zealander and since his arrival at the Coventry-based club, he has never looked back.
Following a season that sees the club finish at the top of the Premiership standings ahead of the play-off matches, Gopperth has been rewarded for his efforts with the Players’ Player of the Season award by the Rugby Players’ Association.
— The RPA (@theRPA) May 10, 2017
Speaking at the RPA Awards on Wednesday at Battersea Evolution, the Kiwi was characteristically humble and gracious of the award bestowed on him.
“I’m very humbled and surprised to win this award and I am even more proud for the recognition shown by my fellow players.”
Following his arrival at Wasps, the out-half notched up 266 points this term and is clearly enjoying his time at the club.
“I am very lucky to be part of such a driven and successful club and my teammates deserve this award as much as I do. I’m sure I will look back at this moment down the track and be extremely proud.”
The former Leinster player was a fan favourite during his time in Dublin and many will have nothing but well wishes and praise for their former star.
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