The half Irishman Johnny Sexton from Ireland claims the Rugby Union Writers & # 39; Club price
Irish Fly Half Johnny Sexton has been named the Rugby Union Writers & # 39; Club personality of the year for 2018.
Sexton received the prestigious Pat Marshall award at the club's annual dinner in central London after a remarkable 12 months in which he was also crowned world player of the year.
The 33-year-old, who topped the poll of more than 200 members of the RUWC, has acted as the general of Ireland during a series of 11 wins from 12 tests including a historic victory over New Zealand on Irish soil.
He also played an important role in Leinster & # 39; s march to a fourth European title after Racing 92 was toppled in the Champions Cup final in May.
Sexton follows England Fly-half Owen Farrell as holder of the Pat Marshall trophy and follows in the footsteps of previous greats he won, such as Gareth Edwards, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson and Jonny Wilkinson.
The list of five nominees for the prize was dominated by Ireland with head coach Joe Schmidt and tighthead founder Tadhg Furlong, as well as Stuart Lancaster for his success as senior coach of Leinster.
The Johnny Sexton of Ireland (photo) succeeds England, Fly-half Owen Farrell, as holder of the Pat Marshall trophy (Gareth Fuller / PA)
The last name among the nominees was South Africa, flanker Siya Kolisi, who last year was the first black player to lead the Springboks Test team.
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