Munster Rugby featured in some major awards recently with Rassie Erasmus named Coach of the Season at the Guinness Pro12 awards while Munster and Ireland’s Conor Murray was voted the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year for 2017 by his peers at the 15th annual awards ceremony.
At the Munster awards, out half Tyler Bleyendaal was named Munster Player of the Year. Eleven awards were presented in all with Darren Sweetnam named Young Player of the Year while Conor Oliver was Academy Player of the Year.
Bleyendaal won the prestigious Player of the Year award following a hugely impressive season. After 24 appearances, the New Zealander picked up four man-of-the-match awards and captained the side on five occasions.
Bleyendaal was also nominated for European Player of the Year alongside Conor Murray and CJ Stander. Winner of the Young Player of the Year was Darren Sweetnam. The West Cork native enjoyed his best season yet on the PRO12 and European stage. Conor Oliver won the Academy Player of the Year award in just his second year with the academy. He made his PRO12 debut against Glasgow Warriors in February 2016.
Other Munster award winners were Siobhan Fleming who received Women’s Player of the Year for the fourth time. Joy Neville was awarded Referee of the Year. Hall of Fame Award went to Barry McGann who played with Presentation College Cork, Cork Con, Lansdowne, Munster and Ireland. Cork Constitution were awarded Senior Club of the Year while Clonal RFC picked up Junior Club of the Year. Nenagh Ormond RFC received Club Youth Section of the Year while the Club Mini Section of the Year went to Fethard and District RFC. Presentation Brothers College, Cork, won the School of the Year Award.