Lions strongman Julian Redelinghuys pipped all his new Springbok team-mates when he was named Most Valued Player of the Year for 2016 at the Golden Lions Rugby Union’s awards evening at Carnival City Big Top Arena on Wednesday night.
Redelinghuys’ career was abruptly halted when he injured his neck in the Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein last year, but this award is a fitting accolade for a brilliant season in which he gained a further six test caps.
Lions captain Warren Whiteley, who earned his Springbok colours, was named Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year while newcomer Jacques Nel walked away with the Currie Cup Player of the Year accolade.
New Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx was named the Players’ Player of the Year and new Bok centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg was voted the supporters Player of the Year.
Whiteley pipped Elton Jantjies who was elected Backline Player of the Year in Vodacom Super Rugby while Franco Mostert was the Forward of the Year in the same competition.
Nel’s understudies were winger Anthony Volminck, the Backline Player of the Currie Cup, while Ruan Ackermann was elected the Currie Cup Forward of the Year.
XEROX GOLDEN LIONS WINNERS
Xerox Golden Lions Forward Player of the Year
Xerox Golden Lions Backline Player of the Year
Xerox Golden Lions Player of the Year
EMIRATES LIONS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Emirates Lions Super Rugby Forward Player of the Year
Emirates Lions Super Rugby Backline Player of the Year
Emirates Lions Super Rugby Player of the Year
LIONS RUGBY COMPANY PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Supporters Player of the Year
ROHAN JANSE VAN RENSBURG
Players Player of the Year
MOST VALUED PLAYER OF THE YEAR