City of Armagh’s Neil Faloon was the toast of Ulster on Thursday night when he was a double winner at the third annual Ulster Bank All Ireland League awards.
The best of Irish club rugby gathered in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the awards and Ireland’s Head Coach, Joe Schmidt, was on hand to present the receipients in 11 different categories across all four divisions of the Ulster Bank League.
Faloon, who will captain Armagh next season, received the Player of the Year Division 2B award and the Ulster Bank Ulster Player of the Year trophy as voted for by the public on social media
Ulster club players who featured on the awards shortlist included Ballynahinch’s Ross Adair who was in both the Rising Star and Ulster Bank Provincial Player of the Year categories, Sean Taylor from Ballymena, named in 1B Division1B Player of the Year category and in the Provincial Player of the Year category along with Belfast Harlequin’s Frank Taggart. Queen’s University PROs Ryan Clarke and Keelan Durnien were also shortlisted in the Ulster Bank PRO of the Year.
Doug Munro, Ulster Bank said: “Tonight is the icing on the cake of another fantastic Ulster Bank League season.
“The awards have become an important way to recognise and celebrate the dedication and commitment shown by players, coaches and teams across all divisions and those who were nominated this season should be very proud of themselves.
“Ulster Bank is very proud to support club rugby in Ireland and we are delighted to be able to reward these players for their achievements and efforts throughout the season.”
The winners were:
Ulster Bank Player of the Year – Division 1A: Matt D’Arcy, Clontarf, Dublin
Ulster Bank Top Try Scorer – Division 1A: Matt D’Arcy
Ulster Bank Top Points Scorer – Division 1A: Josh Glynn, Old Belvedere RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Rising Star of the Year Award – Division 1A: Cian Kelleher, Lansdowne FC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Coach of the Year – Division 1A: John Staunton, Young Munster RFC, Limerick
Ulster Bank Player of the Year – Division 1B: John Cleary, Galwegians RFC, Galway
Ulster Bank Player of the Year – Division 2A: Ian Cassidy, Old Wesley RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Player of the Year – Division 2B: Neil Faloon, City of Armagh RFC
Ulster Bank Club PRO (Public Relations Officer) of the Year: Thomas O’Brien, Old Wesley RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Provincial Players of the Year
Connacht: John Cleary, Galwegians RFC, Galway
Leinster: Alan Large, Old Wesley
Munster: Ger Slattery, Young Munster RFC
Ulster: Neil Faloon, Armagh RFC, Armagh
Ulster Bank Team of the Year: Old Wesley RFC.