Robbie Henshaw and Dorothy Wall. Inpho

Henshaw and Wall are the big winners at this year's Irish Rugby Players Awards

The virtual ceremony was held this afternoon.

THE 2021 IRISH Rugby Players Awards have taken place virtually today.  

Hosted by Andrew Trimble and Barry Murphy, this year’s rescheduled event was held via YouTube.  

Robbie Henshaw has been named Men’s Players’ Player of the Year, seeing off Connacht’s Tom Daly, Munster’s Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson of Ulster. 

It is the 28-year-old’s first time winning the award, following a year in which he played a key role on the Lions tour of South Africa and was also nominated for Six Nations Player of the Tournament. 

“The 2020/21 campaign will always stand out in my mind because the circumstances under which we played were so unique,” said Henshaw.

I’m hugely honoured to win this award but I think the wider rugby community also deserve great credit for how they kept the show on the road to give players like Tadhg, Tom, Iain and I the opportunity to go out to play for club and country.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Dorothy Wall has been named both Women’s Players’ Player of the Year and Women’s Young Player of the Year.

The Munster back-row shone during what she admits to being a difficult campaign at international level. 

“We’ve had a tough year on and off the field but I’ve taken great delight in how the team has performed in recent weeks and great hope in what we stand to achieve as a group in time to come,” Wall said. 

“We have great quality in the squad, not least in my fellow nominees Eimear (Considine), Stacey (Flood) and Béibhinn (Parsons). While we failed to continue in the form that we finished out the 2020/21 season with, the experience of the past few months will only stand to us in the longer term.”

Elsewhere, Gavin Coombes of Munster claimed the Men’s Young Player of the Year. 

Here’s a full list of the winners: 

Irish Men’s Players’ Player of the Year 

Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)

Irish Women’s Players’ Player of the Year

Dorothy Wall (Munster)

Young Player of the Year 

Gavin Coombes (Munster)

Women’s Young Player of the Year 

Dorothy Wall (Munster)

Contribution to Irish Society

Tommy Bowe

Irish Women’s 7s Player of the Year 

Lucy Mulhall

Irish Men’s 7s Player of the Year

Terry Kennedy

Moment of the Year 

Ireland Men v England, Six Nations

Men’s Try of the Year 

JJ Hanrahan, Munster v Cardiff Blues

Women’s Try of the Year 

Béibhinn Parsons, Wales v Ireland

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