Stormers No 8 Evan Roos has added a third prize of the inaugural United Rugby Championship (URC) awards to his personal haul after being voted Fans’ Player of the Season.
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The 22-year-old Roos, who was included in the 43-man Springbok squad named on Saturday night, has already been named Next-Gen Player of the Season, as well as earning a place in the URC Dream Team.
This latest accolade – determined by a public vote – is testament to Roos’ outstanding performances over the course of the campaign, which have evidently caught the eye of URC fans around the world.
Evan Roos scored for the Stormers in the semi-final
Roos has had a stand-out campaign for the Cape Town outfit, proving himself a destructive ball carrier with more successful carries (126) and defenders beaten (49) than any other player in the competition over the 18 rounds of the regular season.
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He carried that form into the playoffs, putting on a man of the match display as the Stormers overcame Edinburgh Rugby in the quarter-finals and scored a try in their nail-biting semi-final win over Ulster last weekend.
Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen, who played for Ulster in the semi-final, described Roos as “an exceptional player” and expressed hope the rising star would soon get his chance in a South Africa jersey.
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Roos’ victory in this category continues a strong showing from the Stormers in the URC awards, with Leolin Zas taking home the Top Try Scorer prize and five players from the franchise included in the Dream Team.
The remaining two awards – Loch Lomond Coach of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season – will be announced later this week.
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URC award winner’s list 2021/22
Tackle Machine: Alan O’Connor (Ulster)
Turnover King: Jac Morgan (Ospreys)
Gilbert Golden Boot: Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys)
Top Try Scorer: Leolin Zas (Stormers)
Ironman: Ruan Nortje (Bulls)
Next-Gen Player of the Season: Evan Roos (Stormers)
Vodacom Fans’ Player of the Season: Evan Roos (Stormers)
Dream Team: 15 Warrick Gelant (Stormers), 14 Seabelo Senatla (Stormers), 13 James Hume (Ulster), 12 Damian Willemse (Stormers), 11 Leolin Zas (Stormers), 10 Ross Byrne (Leinster), 9 Craig Casey (Munster), 8 Evan Roos (Stormers), 7 Nick Timoney (Ulster), 6 Marcell Coetzee (Bulls), 5 Ruan Nortje (Bulls), 4 Jean Kleyn (Munster), 3 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 2 Johan Grobbelaar (Bulls), 1 Ox Nche (Sharks)
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