Heaslip nominated for top IRUPA Award…
April 27, 2010 12:00 am client
IRUPA has announced the nominations for Irish rugby’s ultimate accolade, the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year 2010…
The award is one of seven which will be announced at the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Rugby Awards on Wednesday 12th May at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel. These are the only awards voted for by the players themselves and votes are cast from across all four provinces.
Previous winners dominate the top category and amongst the favourites to land the coveted Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year are Tommy Bowe of the Ospreys, who won the title in 2008, Leinster’s No 8 Jamie Heaslip, winner of the Try of the Year Award last year and Munster’s Keith Earls.
Niall Woods, Chief Executive of IRUPA said, “Winning an award voted for by players who you play and compete against is the best tribute for any rugby player. These awards celebrate not only those players but also raise much needed monies for the IRUPA Injured Players Fund.”
Among the five other awards is the IRUPA Nature Valley Young Player of the Year Award, contested this year by a feast of talented players including Scott Deasy and Keith Earls of Munster who face stiff competition from Connacht’s Fionn Carr who is also nominated in the IRUPA Volkswagen Try of the Year category for his try against Leinster in the Magner’s League.
David Bunworth, MD, Bord Gáis Energy said, “It’s been another wonderful year for Irish rugby and Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be supporting the IRUPA Rugby Awards once again. These are the only awards that allow rugby players to be acknowledged by their peers, which is perhaps the most meaningful kind of recognition a player can get. IRUPA is a terrific organisation and it’s a tribute to its work that so many players get behind these annual awards and give their support to the IRUPA Injured Players Fund.”
Following its success last year, rugby fans across Ireland can again vote for their Supporters Player of the Year 2010, only on Newstalk106-108fm. The award will be presented to the winning player at the Bord Gáis Energy Awards. Tune in Newstalk106-108fm from Monday April 26th to vote and to be in with a chance to win a year’s supply of Bord Gáis Electricity and also attend the event at the Burlington on Wednesday, 12th of May.
As a one off additional accolade, IRUPA and O2 will announce the O2 Team of the Decade which reflects on 10 glorious years of Irish rugby. The 15 members of the team will represent the best of Irish rugby over the last decade and as with the other awards is nominated by the players themselves. The O2 team of the decade will be announced at the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Awards.
BORD GÁIS ENERGY IRUPA PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2010
Tommy Bowe Ospreys
Keith Earls Munster
Jamie Heaslip Leinster
IRUPA NOKIA UNSUNG HERO OF THE YEAR 2010
John Fogarty Leinster
Chris Henry Ulster
Michael Swift Connacht
IRUPA NATURE VALLEY YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2010
Fionn Carr Connacht
Scott Deasy Munster
Keith Earls Munster
IRUPA VOLKSWAGEN TRY OF YEAR 2010
Fionn Carr Leinster v Connacht, Magner’s League
Brian O’Driscoll Leinster v Brive, Heineken Cup
Andrew Trimble Bath v Ulster, Heineken Cup
BORD GÁIS ENERGY IRUPA HALL OF FAME 2010
Recipient announced on Wednesday 5th May
O2 IRUPA TEAM OF THE DECADE 2000-2010
Team announced at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 12th May 2010
BORD GÁIS ENERGY SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Supporters’ Player of the Year as voted by listeners of Newstalk106-108fm will be announced at the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Awards on Wednesday 12th May 2010.