Harlequins Andre Esterhuizen was named Players’ Player of the Year; Freddie Steward claims double the price | Rugby Union News

England and Leicester full-back Freddie Steward doubles during the awards ceremony as Tigers team-mate Chris Ashton’s all-time Premiership record is voted the moment of the season ; Marlie Packer voted England player of the year

Last update: 25/05/22 23:56

Harlequins center Andre Esterhuizen has been voted player of the year by his fellow professionals

Harlequins center Andre Esterhuizen has won the Rugby Players’ Association Men’s Player of the Year award.

Leicester full-back Freddie Steward has won the Young Player and England Player of the Year double.

Esterhuizen garnered the most votes from his fellow professionals, having enjoyed a stellar season in Quins’ bid to defend the Gallagher Premiership title.

“It’s an incredible honor to win this award and having it voted for by all the players and teams I’ve played with and against makes it even more special,” said Esterhuizen, who helped Quins in the dams.

Steward, meanwhile, beat Quins fly-half Marcus Smith, London Irish fly-half Henry Arundell and Sale Sharks stalwart Bevan Rodd to the youngster’s gong.

The 21-year-old also propelled Smith and Leicester team-mate Ellis Genge to England Men’s Player of the Year.

Freddie Steward has been named Young Player of the Year and England Player of the Year

Freddie Steward has been named Young Player of the Year and England Player of the Year

Steward, who made his England debut last summer, said: “It’s a great honor to win an award voted for by your peers, and I feel honored to win, given the talent in the game.”

Marlie Packer won the England Player of the Year award, while Quins scrum-half Danny Care won the RPA Special Merit Award.

Elsewhere, the RPA’s Blyth Spirit award went to Kevin Sinfield and Andrew Fenby, former England women’s star Katy Daley-McLean was inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame and Leicester wing Chris Ashton beating the all-time Premiership record was voted moment of the season.

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