United Rugby Championship: Stormers back-row Evan Roos wins another award

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Stormers number eight Evan Roos has secured a quadruple of 2021/22 United Rugby Championship awards with his latest being the Players’ Player of the Season.

The 22-year-old has already won the Fans’ Player of the Season and Next-Gen Player of the Season prizes while also being named in the United Rugby Championship Dream Team.

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The latest award is the last one to be announced and caps an excellent effort from the Stormers, who also had speedster Leolin Zas winning the Top Try Scorer gong while five of the Cape-based side’s players – Roos, Zas, Damian Willemse, Seabelo Senatla and Warrick Gelant – were named in the Dream Team.

The poll for the Players’ Player of the Season prize was held at the end of the regular season, with the club captains and vice-captains doing the voting and Roos eventually gained the most votes.

“It is the ultimate honour to be recognised by your fellow players and I am humbled by this award. The United Rugby Championship is such a high standard of rugby and there are so many talented players involved, so this award is huge for me,” said Roos. “Thanks to every single person who has helped me along the way this season, this award is for all of them too.”

The back-row will be determined to finish the season on a high when the Stormers host the Bulls in the URC final in Cape Town on Saturday.

Roos has been destructive with ball in hand and finished with the most successful carries (126) and defenders beaten (49) in the tournament during the 18 rounds of the regular season.

He has continued with his excellent form in the play-offs and after delivering a Man of the Match performance in the Stormers’ quarter-final triumph over Edinburgh, he also shone in their semi-final victory against Ulster and scored one of his team’s two tries in that encounter.

His outstanding displays were rewarded with a Springbok call-up and he is set to make his Test debut during the Boks’ three-Test series against Wales in July.

URC Awards winners list 2021/22

Tackle Machine: Alan O’Connor (Ulster)

Turnover King: Jac Morgan (Ospreys)

Golden Boot: Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys)

Top Try Scorer: Leolin Zas (Stormers)

Ironman: Ruan Nortje (Bulls)

Next-Gen Player of the Season: Evan Roos (Stormers)

Fans’ Player of the Season: Evan Roos (Stormers)

Coach of the Season: Leo Cullen (Leinster)

Players’ Player of the Season: Evan Roos (Stormers)

Dream Team: Warrick Gelant (Stormers), Seabelo Senatla (Stormers), James Hume (Ulster), Damian Willemse (Stormers), Leolin Zas (Stormers), Ross Byrne (Leinster), Craig Casey (Munster), Evan Roos (Stormers), Nick Timoney (Ulster), Marcell Coetzee (Bulls), Ruan Nortje (Bulls), Jean Kleyn (Munster), Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Johan Grobbelaar (Bulls), Ox Nche (Sharks)

READ MORE: Opinion: Massive Springbok opportunity beckons for breakthrough star Evan Roos


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