James Ryan and Max Deegan were the big winners at the Leinster Awards Ball in the InterContinental Dublin as players past and present celebrated the 2018/19 season.
Ryan won the Bank of Ireland Players’ Player of the Year and Deegan the Laya Healthcare Young Player of the Year Awards, while Sene Naoupu, St. Michael’s College and Naas RFC were also notable winners.
It’s been quite the year for James Ryan, backing up last year’s Young Player of the Year Award with the Senior Award only 12 months later.
Former St. Mary’s College, Leinster, Ireland and British & Irish Lion Paul Dean was the latest inductee into the Guinness Leinster Rugby Hall of Fame.
Dean, who is now the Ireland Team Manager, won 32 caps for Ireland but was also hugely influential off the field with Leinster as an Assistant Coach to the first ever professional team to play in the Heineken Cup and in more recent times as a key member of the Professional Games Board.
There was also time to look back on the careers and the contributions of those that would not be staying with Leinster Rugby beyond this season.
Seán O’Brien, Jack McGrath, Noel Reid, Mick Kearney, Nick McCarthy, Ian Nagle and Tom Daly were all celebrated for all they had achieved with Leinster Rugby over the years.
With Nagle and Daly on loan at Ulster and Connacht respectively and unable to attend, the other five players were presented with their official Leinster Rugby caps by President Lorcan Balfe.
Leinster Rugby Awards 2018/19:
LAYA Healthcare Young Player of the Year
Winner: Max Deegan
Deep River Rock School of the Year award
Winner: St. Michael’s College
Beauchamps contribution to Leinster rugby award
Winner: Larry Halpin, Terenure College
Cityjet Senior Club of the Year award
Winner: Naas RFC accepted by President, Phil Kiely
Life Style Sports Supporters player of the year award
Winner: Seán Cronin
Energia Women’s Rugby Award
Winner: Sene Naoupu
Guinness Hall of Fame Award
Winner: Paul Dean
Irish Independent Development School Award
Winner: Patrician Secondary School Newbridge
Bearingpoint Tackle of the Year
Winner: Luke McGrath
Bank of Ireland Junior Club of the Year award
Winner: Suttonians RFC
Irish Independent try of the Year
Winner: Dave Kearney (try vs. Toulouse in the RDS in Rd. 5 of the Heineken Champions Cup)
Bank of Ireland Player’s Player of the Year
Winner: James Ryan