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Guinness PRO12 Team of the Year honour for Ulster's Craig Gilroy

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Craig Gilroy was named in the Guinness PRO12 Team of the Year at the annual awards last night. Gilroy finished as second highest scorer, with his eight domestic tries second only to Matt Healy.

He did not, however, win the Sky Sports Try of the Year with a fans' vote seeing his run against Treviso beaten by former Ulsterman Tommy Seymour's score against Les Kiss' men.

Paddy Jackson fell short of the Rhino Golden Boot Award, handed to the most accurate player off the tee. His 77.77% success rate saw him finish behind Gareth Anscombe and Steve Shingler.

Ulster were given the Specsavers Fair Play award and win £10,000 to spend on youth development programmes.

Connacht scooped three big prizes. Centre Bundee Aki clinched the Guinness Players' Player of the Season - voted for by all 12 captains and vice-captains - while Pat Lam was named Coach of the Season and captain John Muldoon was presented with the Chairman's Award.

Ospreys' Sam Davies was named as the Young Player of the Year.

Guinness PRO12 Dream Team: Isa Nacewa (Leinster), Matt Healy, (Connacht), Bundee Aki (Connacht), Ben Te'o (Leinster), Craig Gilroy (Ulster); Sam Davies (Ospreys), Kieran Marmion (Connacht); Denis Buckley (Connacht), Tom McCartney (Connacht), Finlay Bealham (Connacht); Leone Nakarawa (Glasgow Warriors), Ultan Dillane (Connacht); CJ Stander (Munster), Josh van Der Flier (Leinster), Cornell du Preez (Edinburgh).

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