Josh van der Flier named World Rugby Player of the Year

Josh van der Flier named World Rugby Player of the Year

Josh van der Flier has been named World Rugby Player of the Year. The Leinster star becomes just the third Irishman to win the award, after Keith Wood and Johnny Sexton

Josh van der Flier named World Rugby Player of the Year

RED HOT FORM: Ireland’s Josh van der Flier has been named World Rugby Player of the Year. Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Sun, 20 Nov, 2022 – 22:33

Josh van der Flier has been named World Rugby Player of the Year at a ceremony in Monaco. The 29-year-old Leinster star becomes just the third Irishman to win the award, after Keith Wood [2001] and Johnny Sexton [2018].

Sexton, along with another previous winner, Antoine Dupont, were also in the running for the top male prize.

A first-time nominee, van der Flier was part of the Ireland team that claimed a historic series win against the All Blacks in New Zealand during the summer.

Van der Flier wasn’t the only Irish winner, with Terry Kennedy announced as the men’s 7s player of the year.

After qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Ireland went on to place third in the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year.

“We’re a relatively new programme, 2015. But the growth has been incredible over the years,” said Kennedy. “Starting at the bottom i

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