RaboDirect Pro 12 Awards

Updated: May 7, 2012

Leinster Rugby scooped three awards at the RaboDirect Pro 12 awards night at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff on Sunday.

Joe Schmidt won the Coach of the Year award from last year’s winner; Munster’s Tony McGahan, with Jonathan Sexton replacing Ronan O’Gara as the Golden Boot winner and the province winning the Fair Play award.  The Fair Play award earns the province €10,000 for their Youth Development fund.

Munster Rugby did not win a single award on the night.

Schmidt steered Leinster to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table to clinch home advantage in the Play-Offs and also guided the reigning European champions to their third Heineken Cup final in four seasons.

Leinster will host Glasgow Warriors at the RDS for the semi-final of the Rabo on Saturday.

Edinburgh’s Tim Visser won the Player’s Player of the Year award.

Glasgow Warriors’ full back Stuart Hogg was chosen as the Young Player of the Year following an excellent season for the 19 year-old.

Ospreys wing Shane Williams was presented with the ‘Chairman’s Award’ from RaboDirect PRO12 chairman Andy Irvine as he counts down to the end of his incredible career.

Williams’ countryman Nigel Owens won the inaugural ‘RaboDirect Straight Talking’ title.

RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team 2011/12:

Isa Nacewa (Leinster); Tim Visser (Edinburgh), Casey Laulala (Cardiff Blues), Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues); Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster); Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), BJ Botha (Munster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster),Tom Ryder (Glasgow Warriors), Dave Denton (Edinburgh), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ben Morgan (Scarlets)

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