Ruan Pienaar named Magners League Player of the Year

Ruan Pienaar
Ruan Pienaar collected his award in Dublin

Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar has been named as Magners League Players' Player of the Season at the annual Magners League awards dinner in Dublin.

Tony McGahan of Munster was selected as Coach of the Season while the Try of the Season prize went to the Ospreys' Ashley Beck.

Munster's Ronan O'Gara won the Golden Boot award and Toby Faletau of the Newport Gwent Dragons is the Young Player of the Season.

Alan Quinlan won the Chairman's Award.

McGahan received his award from Ireland coach Declan Kidney.

O'Gara won the 'Gilbert Golden Boot' after emerging as the league's most consistent marksman during the regular season.

Munster stalwart Quinlam was named as the recipient of Andy Irvine's Chairman's Award following a remarkable 15-year career.

Beck won his Try of the Season award for his effort against Glasgow Warriors at the Liberty Stadium.

Leinster left the awards ceremony with the Specsavers Fairplay Award.

That title, which comes with a £10,000 prize to put towards youth development, is given to the team that gathers the fewest yellow and red cards over the 22 rounds of the regular season.

Pienaar was delighted to be the recipient of the evening's major accolade.

"It has been an unbelievable first season for me at Ulster - I came to a place that I didn't know but, thanks to the team, I settled in very quickly and enjoyed myself," said Pienaar.

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