Rassie scoops coach of the season award

Rassie Erasmus (Getty Images)
Rassie Erasmus (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus was named PRO12 coach of the year at the competition’s annual awards ceremony in Dublin on Sunday night.

Erasmus’ team, Munster, were the big winners on the night, with six of their players named to in the PRO12 Dream Team after finishing on top of the regular season standings.

Another South African, Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, claimed the try of the season award.

Pienaar, who has finished his tenure at Ulster, was also included in the PRO12 Dream Team, alongside countryman Jaco Taute, who plays for Munster.

The PRO12 is an annual competition involving 12 professional sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

List of award winners:

Fair Play Award - Connacht
Top Try-Scorer - Steff Evans (Scarlets)
Golden Boot - Sam Davies (Ospreys)
Young Player of the Season - Joey Carbery (Leinster)
Try of the Season - Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)
Dream Team Captain - Ken Owens (Scarlets)
PRO12 Coach of the Season - Rassie Erasmus (Munster)
Players’ Player of the Season - Charles Piutau (Ulster)
PRO12 Chairman’s Award - Nigel Owens MBE

PRO12 Dream Team 2016/17:

15 Tiernan O’Halloran (Connacht), 14 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), 13 Jaco Taute (Munster), 12 Rory Scannell (Munster), 11 Charles Piutau (Ulster), 10 Tyler Bleyendaal (Munster), 9 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster), 8 Jack Conan (Leinster), 7 James Davies (Scarlets), 6 Dan Leavy (Leinster), 5 Billy Holland (Munster), 4 Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), 3 John Ryan (Munster), 2 Ken Owens, captain (Scarlets), 1 Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)

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