Gilchrist wins top prize at 2019-20 Awards
With the Edinburgh Rugby annual End of Season Awards held virtually via the club’s Facebook and YouTube channels, supporters were able to tune in live and relive the best moments of the 2019-20 alongside their playing heroes.
Proudly sponsored my main club sponsor Principal & Prosper, the night of live streamed entertainment saw seven players pick up awards, while there was plenty to discuss as Managing Director Douglas Struth, Head Coach Richard Cockerill and club captain Stuart McInally reviewed the 2019-20 campaign.
The main award of the night went to club centurion Grant Gilchrist who picked up the Principal & Prosper Player of the Season.
Gilchrist – who made his 150th appearance for the club in this month’s Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final – is named as the Player of the Season by the club’s coaching staff after a campaign that saw the Scotland lock impress in all facets of the game and lead from the front throughout 2019-20.
On picking up Player of the Season, Gilchrist, said: “Despite the obvious disappointment of the last few weeks, it’s been a great season for us - lots of the boys have been outstanding, so I’m really chuffed and proud to get the award this year.”
After picking up the same Guinness PRO14 accolade, Duhan van der Merwe was named as Players’ Player of the Year Season following a scintillating campaign that saw him score 11 tries in 19 games to set the PRO14 alight.
With two awards on the night, Luke Crosbie had a season to remember as he picked up Man of Steel - awarded to the player who received the most Defender of the Week awards throughout the season – and Young Player of the Season; his second time winning the trophy after securing it during his debut season in 2017-18.
A first-time winner on the night was George Taylor who was named Most Improved player in 2019-20.
The centre scored four tries in 18 appearances in a campaign that saw him become one of the club’s breakthrough young stars.
Named Best Newcomer and Player of the Season last year, Pierre Schoeman picked up Ironman as the club’s best trainer, just reward for the prop’s consistency and intensity on the training paddock throughout 2019-20.
Finally – after a season that saw him burst onto the scene and make his international debut – Nick Haining was named as Best Newcomer with the back-row consistently impressing in his debut campaign in the capital.