Blair Cowan named Irish Player of the Season at Awards evening

London Irish flanker Blair Cowan picked up the London Irish Player of the Season award at the Club's End of Season Dinner at Hilton Hotel Terminal 5.

He played in 25 out of 32 matches for London Irish this season impressing both opponents and supporters alike with his exceptional work rate and effectiveness in the tackle and at the breakdown. And he scored four tries

The award for Players’ Player of the Season went to second row forward Nic Rouse. Nic adapted to the demands of the Premiership very quickly and his talents quickly came to the fore - among them an exceptional work ethic and commitment to the team.

He appeared in 26 of the 32 matches the team played during the season, another impressive statistic. In addition, he scored a try and that’s impressive for a second row forward.

Halani Aulika was awarded the Community Player of the Season. This award was introduced to recognise the important role the Club’s community programme plays among the schools, clubs and groups London Irish works with throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey and to acknowledge the key part the players have in the delivery of that programme.

While all the players take part, this season Halani has been one who has participated enthusiastically.

Gerard Ellis took home the Young Player of the Season award. He joined the London Irish Academy in July 2012, his physique and pace mean that he was destined to play in the forwards where he proved more than capable as both hooker and flanker.

It is in the latter position where he has made an impact. He made his senior debut for London Irish against Wasps in the LV=Cup in January last and went on to make 10 first team appearances this season, scoring two tries.

Conor O'Shea recieved the London Irish Hall of Fame award. In 1995 Clive Woodward persuaded him to join London Irish and he went on to make 127 first team appearances for the club, scoring 62 tries and 412 points before an ankle injury sustained in the mud at Kingsholm in November 2000 brought a premature end to his playing career.

He is unique among the club’s past players in that not only did he captain the first team, he went on to become Director of Rugby and Managing Director of the club, in the process helping steer it to its first national trophy in 104 years, the 2002 Powergen Cup.

Andrew Fenby won the Try of the Season award for his individual effort in the home match with Sale Sharks.


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