From becoming Saracens’ all-time points scorer to helping the side to another European Rugby Champions’ Cup triumph, Owen Farrell has had a year to remember.
And the 25-year-old European Player of the Year has added another trophy to his burgeoning collection after being crowned Professional Player of the Year at the Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards at Twickenham on Wednesday.
“It’s like being in a local rugby club again, just a bit bigger!” said Farrell, who helped England retain their Six Nations title in February. “It’s been a brilliant evening, and it’s great to see the people get the recognition they deserve – all the way through the stages of rugby.
“It’s brilliant to be named player of the year – to get recognition like that is always great. There’s some good players up there and I’ve played in some good teams this year, so a lot of the credit is down to the team-mates too.
“Grassroots rugby is massive, it’s where 99 per cent of players start out – to be involved in a club and a community where you grow up, and learn about rugby and about being people as well – it’s a big part of every rugby player’s life.
“Whether it be sponsors, volunteers, players or schools, and to see how chuffed they are is pretty special.”
The Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards honours all that is great about rugby, from elite and international stars to the grassroots levels of the game.