London Irish is proud to announce that Agustín Creevy has been selected as the 2021/22 Supporters’ Player of the Season!
Irish’s Argentinian hooker has been voted in as the standout performer throughout the last campaign in the eyes of the Exile Nation, with 37.3% of the total votes being awarded to Creevy.
Creevy, in his third season in west London, has exceeded his previous tallies of three tries a season in green by amassing a hugely impressive 18 tries in 2021/22- the highest by any player at the Club this year.
Throughout Gallagher Premiership teams, only Newcastle Falcons’ George McGuigan has matched Creevy’s total amongst hookers with another 18-try haul in all competitions.
A leader amongst the pack, the experienced front-row forward penned a deal with the Exiles midway through the 2019/20 season and extended his stay most recently in January 2022.
He began his 2021/22 season by scoring five tries in his opening six appearances in comeback draws against Sale Sharks and Gloucester Rugby, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and in the Club’s first win of the season, away to Exeter Chiefs.
In Creevy’s following six appearances, he notched six tries in as many games to round off a sensational opening half of the year; touching down in an away win over Harlequins (extending a four-match unbeaten run at The Stoop), also in a 43-21 home victory over Newcastle Falcons and braces against each of Section Paloise and Wasps away from home.
Continuing his fine scoring form against none other than former Club Worcester Warriors, Creevy secured his third brace against the West Midlands outfit at the Brentford Community Stadium in March and added two to Irish tally of 10 against Castres Olympique in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16.
A vital away win at Kingston Park saw the 37-year-old contribute to a bonus point 42-14 win over Newcastle Falcons, then completing his season in style with a fifth and final pairing of tries against Bath Rugby.
His 14 tries in the Premiership were the fourth-highest overall and second-highest amongst any forward in the domestic league, trailing only McGuigan’s 15 scores.
70 points overall in the league took him on the periphery of the league’s top 20 points scorers overall, near uncharted territory for most forwards in any given season.
Eight breakdown steals takes him to 22nd overall amongst Premiership players, as well as his attacking ruck arrivals (327) and defensive ruck arrivals (121) ranking him 24th and 15th in the division, respectively.
No forward at Irish has more ball carries than Creevy this term (158), also retaining the fourth-most carry metres amongst Exile forwards with 651 and the second-most into contact (148).
Creevy’s four tries in the EPCR Challenge Cup was tied second for the most in the competition this year behind Gloucester Rugby’s Santiago Socino with five, and his 43 lineout wins were also the second-most in the competition, behind compatriot Socino’s 70.
Argentina’s most capped player of all time ended a historic season for Club by being recognised within the Argentine international set-up, being recalled into the squad ahead of Scotland’s tour of the country this July.
He last represented Los Pumas nearly three years ago in his third Rugby World Cup campaign for his nation, appearing in the four pool matches under Mario Ledesma.
In second place with 17% was Benhard Janse van Rensburg, coming off a scorching first season in green where he made 29 appearances for Irish (joint-most alongside Will Goodrick-Clarke), which ranked him as 22nd in overall minutes played in the division (1,529).
With seven Premiership tries and 11 in all competitions, van Rensburg was 11th in the league for carries (205) and eighth for running metres (1503), further showcasing his aptitude for running rugby with 50 tackle breaks (17th overall in the league) 20 offloads (joint-ninth in the league).
The South African’s ability without the ball and in defence has been a treat for attendees at the BCS this term, with the two-way centre also managing 10 breakdown steals to put him joint-16th in the Premiership.
Paddy Jackson, with 11.3% of the votes, was voted in third in London Irish’s Supporters’ Player of the Season poll having topped the total points scored charts in the regular season with 200 and second overall behind George Ford of Leicester Tigers’ 220 points overall.
The Irishman played the third-most minutes of any player in the Premiership this term (1,758), with the eighth-most kicks (162) and sixth-most kicking metres (5,835).
The Club would like to extend a warm thank you to all members of the Exile Nation who took their time to consider and vote for their favourite player this season.
Please keep your eyes peeled on all London Irish social media channels for another fan vote tomorrow (28thJune)!