Mick Cleary, rugby union correspondent of The Telegraph, was named as “Rugby Union Journalist of the Season” at a ceremony in London Irish headquarters in south-west London yesterday evening (Monday 9 September).

Cleary, who has been writing about rugby for the newspaper for 22 years, came top in a nomination and adjudication process that involved the 12 clubs in the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union.

The award citation praised Cleary for “his commitment to the club game”, “the fairness of his reporting” and “his professionalism in dealing with rugby club media staff and with the coaches and players they are responsible for.”

The award, which has been presented annually for the past 15 years, recognises the contribution of rugby union broadcasters and journalists to the development of the game in this country.

BT Sport received a special award for outstanding service to rugby union in a media context for its contribution to the game.

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