In lieu of a physical award ceremony, accolades were announced across the week on the Connacht Rugby social media channels, starting and finishing with the Fans’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year which were both won by Tom Daly.
Daly, who is hoping to make his Ireland debut in the coming weeks, was nominated alongside Gavin Thornbury and Niall Murray for the Fans’ Player of the Year by the Connacht Clan. As well as winning that award, he was also chosen by his squad mates as their standout player in the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile Beibhinn Parsons won the Women’s Player of the Year award for the first time. She was nominated alongside his Connacht teammates Nichola Fryday and Laura Feely, after all three played a part in the Women’s Six Nations campaign.
The final major award of the week was Academy Player of the Year which was won by Cian Prendergast. The backrow enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Pro squad, featuring 10 times and earning his first senior contract in the process.
The winners will receive their Galway Crystal commissioned award once pre-season training gets underway in the coming weeks.
CONNACHT RUGBY AWARD WINNERS 2020/21
Fans’ Player of the Year sponsored by Genesys – Tom Daly
Players’ Player of the Year sponsored by Heineken Ireland – Tom Daly
Women’s Player of the Year sponsored by Intersport Elverys – Beibhinn Parsons
Academy Player of the Year sponsored by Corrib Oil – Cian Prendergast
Try of the Year sponsored by Red Bull – Sean O’Brien (vs Scarlets)
#NeverStopCompeting Moment of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland – Peter Sullivan (vs Ulster)
Photo of the Year sponsored by Tribe Hospitality – Bundee Aki & Alex Wootton (vs Ospreys)