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Ulster's Andrew Trimble named Player of the Year at Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland awards

Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has been named Player of the Year at this year's Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland awards.

Trimble was honoured at the awards dinner in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin on Tuesday night.

He said it was a "huge honour".

"It’s always nice picking up an individual award like this, but I have to put it down to being part of such a successful Ireland team last season," he said.

"It’s unfortunate to be injured at the moment, but watching the team play as well as they did against South Africa at the weekend makes me even more determined to get back on the pitch as soon as I can."

A formidable player for Ireland last season, his efforts along with the rest of the squad resulted in Ireland being awarded the Dave Guiney Team of the Year after claiming the Six Nations trophy in dramatic fashion in Paris last March.

Niamh Briggs picked up the Women’s Player of the Year for a second successive season after a fantastic performance at full-back during the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

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