Dan Sheehan has been named BKT URC Players’ Player of the Season for 2022/23.

The award is voted for by the league’s captains and vice-captains and the 24-year-old came out on top in a poll which was conducted at the end of the regular campaign.

It is the second time Sheehan has been recognised in the URC Awards this season having secured a place in the Elite XV.

Sheehan crossed try tryline eight times to help Leinster top the league table with only team-mate Rob Russell (10) registering more.

In scoring four tries in the 42-10 Round 2 win over Benetton at the RDS Arena, including a 28-minute hat-trick, Sheehan equalled the BKT URC record number by an individual in a game – becoming the eighth player, and first from Leinster, to achieve that feat.

Speaking to Leinster Rugby TV, the 24-year-old hooker, said he was thrilled to win the award.

“I’m pretty honoured. I wasn’t expecting it. It’s great to be recognised by fellow teammates, but also by other teams that are part of the URC. I’m delighted!”

“The BKT URC has been unbeliveable in the past two years. The introduction of the South African teams has really upped the standard, and I think every other country and the provinces within those countries have upped their game as well. It’s become a top quality league. You can see that week in, week out. There’s some top quality games.

Leinster’s URC Awards 2022/23 Winners
Players’ Player of the Season:
Dan Sheehan (Leinster)
Elite XV: Ross Byrne (Leinster), Dan Sheehan (Leinster) and Scott Penny (Leinster)