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Monday 22 May 2017

Murray named Players' Player

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Leinster’s Garry Ringrose. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Conor Murray was voted the Zurich Ireland Players' Player of the Year at a gala event last night.

The scrum-half has managed to be equally effective for Munster and Ireland in an historic season.

The headline achievement came on that November day in Chicago when Murray led the charge as Ireland finally broke their All Black hoodoo.

"It has been an incredible season," said Murray.

It has also been a traumatic time in terms of Munster's ability to cope with the tragic loss of Anthony Foley.

"We have had our challenges and some sad days along the way, but to have both Munster and Ireland performing at the highest level has been very satisfying.

"Being recognised in this way by my peers is special. I just hope that I can continue to do my job in the important games that are to come."

Murray won the award ahead of back-rower CJ Stander and inside centre Robbie Henshaw, who picked up the Try of the Year for his effort to close out New Zealand.

The fourth nominee tight-head prop Tadhg Furlong was able to take home the considerable consolation of The Irish Times Supporters' Player of the Year 2017.

Former Leinster wing Simon Keogh, the acting Chief Executive for the Rugby Players Ireland, was on hand to celebrate Murray's achievement.

"Winning a Rugby Players Ireland award is one of the highest honours a player can receive in the game here," said Keogh.

"There have been many great achievements by Irish players this year.

"But, to be acknowledged by your team-mates and opponents in this manner shows just how much of an impact you have made throughout the season.

"I am thrilled for Conor who has enjoyed a fantastic season, reaching a level of consistency that few can match."

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose was named as the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year 2017 following his stellar season in nailing down Ireland's number thirteen shirt.

Former Ireland full-back and long-time Leicester Tigers legend Geordan Murphy was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a sign of his recognition as a true Players' Player.

PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Conor Murray

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Garry Ringrose

SUPPORTERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tadhg Furlong

TRY OF YEAR: Robbie Henshaw - Ireland v New Zealand

MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE: Ronan Loughney

IRUPA HALL OF FAME INDUCTED: Geordan Murphy

WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lindsay Peat

WOMEN'S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe

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