Currie Cup

Duane named best forward

2014-10-08 07:42
Duane Vermeulen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok and Stormers No 8 Duane Vermeulen has been named as the Western Province Rugby Union's best forward player of the year.

The 28-year-old had a stellar season with the Stormers and followed that up with a memorable season for the Springboks.

He has established himself as the top No 8 in the country and his man-of-the-match performance against the All Blacks at Ellis Park last week will live long in the memory of every Springbok fan, especially given the fact that he played the match with a cracked rib cartilage.

Western Province held their annual awards evening on Tuesday night when Vermeulen received the award.

Another Springbok, Damian de Allende, received the best backline player award, while loose forward Nizaam Carr walked off with two big prizes - the MVP Award and the prestigious Players' Player of the Year award

Complete list of winners:

Clubs' Player of the Year: Danwill Erasmus
WP Women's Player of the Year: Denita Wentzel
WP Sevens Player of the Year: Armien Bailey
WP Referee of the Year: Marius van der Westhuizen
WP Under-19 Best Forward: Rikus Bothma
WP U19 Best Back: Ernst Stapelberg
WP Most Promising U19 Player: Grant Hermanus
WP Under-21 Best Forward: Sikhumbuzo Notshe
WP U21 Best Back: Robert du Preez
WP Most Promising U21 Player: Johnny Kotze
WP Best Forward: Duane Vermeulen
WP Best Back: Damian de Allende
WP Most Promising Senior Forward: Michael Rhodes
WP Most Promising Senior Back: Cheslin Kolbe
MVP Award: Nizaam Carr
WP Players' Player of the Year: Nizaam Carr


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