Ulster's departing star Marcell Coetzee has been named the Guinness PRO14 Players’ Player of the Year.
The Springbok back-rower, who will leave the northern province for the Bulls at the end of the season, finished joint-top scorer in the competition despite missing the conclusion of the campaign through injury.
“It’s a great honour and privilege to accept this award given the talent in this year’s Guinness PRO14,” said the 29-year-old of the award voted for by team captains and vice-captains.
“As we all know, rugby is a team sport, so I want to thank my coaches and team-mates for always investing time and energy to help me grow as a player. Every time I get to go out there is always special.”
Coetzee was also selected in the PRO14’s Dream Team of the Year alongside three of his Ulster team-mates via a media vote, with no one team boasting a larger representation than the northern province’s.
With 13 of the 15 spots going to players based in Ireland, Eric O’Sullivan got the nod at loosehead, with Mike Lowry rewarded for something of a breakthrough campaign at full-back.
While they were recognised for the first time, scrum-half John Cooney’s selection was his fourth in succession since joining Ulster.