Leinster Rugby’s Scott Penny has been voted by the media as the Guinness PRO14 Next-Gen Star of the Season for 2020-21.

The 21-year-old, who missed the Guinness PRO14 final through injury, played his part in Leinster’s title-winning campaign appearing in 11 games as the back-rower finished joint top try-scorer with nine tries.

Penny’s win caps a remarkable run for Leinster, who have claimed four of the previous five Next-Gen Star awards since 2017.

A pool of 75-plus media from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa including reporters, broadcasters, former players and coaches were invited to vote for the Next-Gen Star of the Season award.

Penny saw off stiff competition from Munster pair Gavin Coombes and Craig Casey, Glasgow Warriors’ Scott Dobie and Scarlets’ Jac Morgan.

Previous Next-Gen Stars

2019-20: Caelan Doris (Leinster)
2018-19: Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors)
2017-18: Jordan Larmour (Leinster)
2016-17: Joey Carbery (Leinster)
2015-16: Sam Davies (Ospreys)
2014-15: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh)
2013-14: Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
2012-13: Luke Marshall (Ulster)
2011-12: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)
2010-11: Toby Faletau (Dragons)
2009-10: Tim Visser (Edinburgh)