Andrew Trimble named Irish players ‘player of the year’

y'Ireland's Andrew Trimble goes over for a try against Italy during the Six Nations
y'Ireland's Andrew Trimble goes over for a try against Italy during the Six Nations

Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble was voted the Hibernia College IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year 2014 by his fellow players at the 12th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

It follows on from being a triple ‘plyaer of the year’ winner at last weekend’s Ulster Rugby Heineken awards when he received the Supporters, Writers and Ulster Rugby player of the season gongs.

Trimble has had a stand out season for both Ireland and Ulster.

He started all of Ireland’s Six Nations games, scoring three tries along the way.

The prestigious award counts as the former Coleraine AI man’s third IRUPA Award overall, winning the Young Player of the Year in 2006 and Try of the Year in 2010.

A delighted Trimble said: “It is an honour to be recognised with this award, especially as it’s voted for by the players.

“It’s been a great season and this really tops it all off”.

As well as the honour of being Player of the Year, Andrew and all the winners receive a Tissot watch kindly provided by Tissot and Fields Jewelers.

Omar Hassanein, CEO of IRUPA said: “I am really pleased for Andrew, he has forced his way back in to the national team with a bang, and this award is a superb reflection of the stellar season he has enjoyed with Ireland and Ulster Rugby. “Winning an IRUPA award is the highest honour a player can receive in this country, Andrew and all the winners and nominees should be congratulated for the high recognition they have received amongst their peers.”

Connacht and Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw was awarded the Nevin Spence Young Player 2014 for the second year in succession.

It is the first time a player has won back to back awards in any category in the 12 year history of the awards.