Saracens hooker Schalk Brits has been rewarded for an outstanding season by being voted the Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year.

Ben Youngs claimed the Nick Duncombe Memorial Award ahead of another Northampton pair in Chris Ashton and Courtney Lawes. 

England lock Simon Shaw won the special merit award for his contribution to the game and Bill McLaren was posthumously inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame. Andy Ripley, the former England international, received the Blyth Spirit Award for his outstanding courage in the face of adversity.

Ripley was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, since when he has worked closely with the Prostate Cancer Charity to raise awareness of the disease and encourage men to get tested as a preventative measure. After three years in remission, his cancer returned in 2008.


Computacenter Players' Player of the Year

Schalk Brits

The Norman Broadbent Young Player of the Year Award

Ben Youngs

Sunday Times Try of The Year

Chris Ashton

Special Merit Award

Simon Shaw

HSBC Hall of Fame Induction

Bill McLaren CBE

The Blyth Spirit Award

Andy Ripley

2010 Photo Gallery