Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth has been named players’ player of the year at the Rugby Players’ Association awards.
The 33-year-old utility back is the Premiership’s top points scorer this season, with his side topping the regular season table.
“I’m very humbled and surprised to win this award and I am even more proud of the recognition shown by my fellow players,” revealed Gopperth.
— jimmy gopperth (@jimmygopps) May 10, 2017
“I am very lucky to be a part of such a driven and successful club and my team-mates deserve this award as much as I do.
“I’m sure I will look back at this moment down the track and be extremely proud.”
Meanwhile, Owen Farrell – who can also play 10 or 12 – is the England men’s player of the year after helping his side to back-to-back Six Nations titles.
Tamara Taylor took the women’s prize after their Grand Slam.
Former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter – the all-time leading points scorer in Test history – was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Award winners in full:
Players’ player of the year: Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)
Young player of the year: Zach Mercer (Bath)
Championship player of the year: Mark Bright (Ealing Trailfinders)
Sevens player of the year: Richard de Carpentier
Special merit award: Nick Easter
Personal development programme: Nick De Luca (Wasps)
Blyth Spirit Award: Paul Van-Zandvliet
England men’s player of the year: Owen Farrell
England women’s player of the year: Tamara Taylor