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RUWC crowns Leigh Halfpenny Player of the Year

Posted on 14/01/2014 in Rugby

Leigh Halfpenny has capped a fantastic year by winning the Rugby Union Writers' Club (RUWC) Player of the Year Award.

RUWC chairman Adam Hathaway said: "Leigh was a convincing winner of our vote and a worthy recipient of the award not only for his performances for the Lions, but his displays in the Six Nations earlier in the year."

Halfpenny was shortlisted for the IRB Player of the Year award after being named Player of the Tournament at last year's Six Nations and breaking Neil Jenkins' record for most points in a British and Irish Lions series, including 21 in the crucial final Test win in Sydney.

In the past, Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton, Jonah Lomu and Lawrence Dallaglio have all won the accolade.

The lifetime achievement award went to Wales and Lions coach Warren Gatland, who joins the likes of Sir Clive Woodward, Cliff Morgan, Jim Telfer and Sir Ian McGeechan as a winner.

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