The leading top flight rugby union players were celebrated at the Guinness PRO12 Awards 2015, Sunday 17th May. Players and coaches of the twelve competing professional rugby union sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales were honoured in Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse, ahead of the competition’s Play-Offs and Final.
The major trophies for the occasion were designed and manufactured by Special EFX. They feature the PRO12’s distinctive ‘swoosh’ as well as the competition’s logo, which contains the branding of title sponsors, Guinness. This is laser engraved onto the cut-out body of the trophy and is complemented by a shiny black acrylic plinth cap. Two versions were made: mirror finished silver (plated aluminium) and gold plate.
Osprey’s Rhys Webb picked up the top individual award, Guinness Players’ Player of the Season, but had to pass on collecting his award in person – his son Jesse having been born only two days previously. Others honoured on the night included Glasgow Warriors’ Al Kellock, who received the Chairman’s Award, Edinburgh’s Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, named Young Player of the Season, Gregor Townsend of the Glasgow Warriors, who was voted Coach of the Season, and Craig Gilroy of Ulster Rugby, who won the Sky Sports Try of the Season in the public vote.
Find out more about the PRO12 at www.pro12rugby.com