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McCloskey's double joy at Ulster awards

 

Prize guy: Stuart McCloskey receives his Player of the Year Award, from William Thompson of Bank of Ireland
Prize guy: Stuart McCloskey receives his Player of the Year Award, from William Thompson of Bank of Ireland
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Stuart McCloskey was a double winner at the Heineken Ulster Rugby Awards held at the Crowne Plaza at Shaw's Bridge last night.

With a semi-final in the Guinness PRO14 still to come, it's been a great season for the province already, returning to the knockout stages of both the league and European Cup after two and four-season absences respectively.

McCloskey has been a central figure from start to finish and has been rewarded with both the Ulster Rugby Supporters' Club (URSC) Player of the Year and the Bank of Ireland Player of the Year prizes.

The 26-year-old has played in all but four of the side's games this year, scoring four tries and leading the squad for PRO14 carries, metres made, defenders beaten and offloads.

Springbok Marcell Coetzee picked up the Writers' gong while retiring skipper Rory Best, and a host of others at all levels of the game, also had their contributions to the province rewarded at the annual black-tie event.

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