Saru: Schalk named Player of the Year

2011-11-04 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Springbok flank Schalk Burger (28) was yesterday named South African Rugby Player of the Year for the second time, while the Golden Lions picked up a hat-trick of awards as their Currie Cup success was recognised at a glittering ceremony at Gold Reef City.

Springbok fullback Pat Lambie (21) was named the Absa Young Player of the Year.

The South African Rugby Union paid tribute to two retiring Springboks legends.

Both John Smit, who has already left South African to take up a contract with English club Saracens, and Victor Matfield played their last Test for the Boks in the quarter-finals at the Rugby World Cup.


Saru Rugby Player of the Year: Schalk Burger

Absa Young Player of the Year: Pat Lambie

Absa Team of the Year: Golden Lions

Absa Coach of the Year: John Mitchell (Golden Lions)

Super Rugby Player of the Year: Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs)

Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Josh Strauss (MTN Golden Lions)

Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year:

Elgar Watts (Boland Cavaliers)

Vodacom Cup Player of the Year: Lionel Cronje (WP)

SARPA Players’ Player of the Year: Bismarck du Plessis

Springbok Sevens Player of the Year: Cecil Afrika

Supersport Try of the Year: Sibusiso Sithole

SA Under-20 Player of the Year: Arno Botha

Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament: Jan Serfontein (Free State)

Marriott Referee Award: Craig Joubert

Women’s Achiever of the Year: Cebisa Kula

Saru National Club Championship Player of the Tournament: Justin Wheeler (University of Johannesburg)

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