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Published: 08:19 | 9/5/16

Player of the year honour for Aki


Connacht's Bundee Aki has been named Guinness PRO12 Player's Player of the Year, while Pat Lam has picked p the Coach of the Year award.

Aki has been a pivotal member of the Connacht squad in a season that has seen the Westerners qualify for the PRO12 semi-finals and his form saw him take the Player's Player of the Year, which is voted for by all 12 captains and vice-captains, ahead of Stuart Hogg and CJ Stander.

Connacht captain John Muldoon was presented the prestigious 'Guinness PRO12 Chairman's Award' by Welsh rugby legend and chairman of PRO12 Rugby, Gerald Davies, while the province made up nearly half of the Guinness PRO12 Dream Team.

Leinster duo Garry Ringrose and Josh van der Flier missed out on the Young Player of the Season as Ospreys' outside-half Sam Davies scooped the award.

Sky Sports Try of the Season was awarded to Glasgow Warrior's Tommy Seymour for his touchdown against Ulster.

Guinness PRO12 awards 2016:

Guinness Players' Player of the Season
Bundee Aki, Connacht

Guinness PRO12 Coach of the Season
Pat Lam, Connacht

Guinness PRO12 Young Player of the Season
Sam Davies, Ospreys

Sky Sports Try of the Season
Tommy Seymour, Glasgow Warriors

Specsavers Fair Play Award
Ulster Rugby

Rhino Golden Boot
Gareth Anscombe, Cardiff Blues

Guinness PRO12 Chairman's Award
John Muldoon, Connacht

Guinness PRO12 Dream Team:
15: Isa Nacewa, Leinster, Captain
14: Matt Healy, Connacht
13: Bundee Aki, Connacht
12: Ben Te'o, Leinster
11: Craig Gilroy, Ulster
10: Sam Davies, Ospreys
9: Kieran Marmion, Connacht
1: Dennis Buckley, Connacht
2: Tom McCartney, Connacht
3: Finlay Bealham, Connacht
4: Leone Nakarawa, Glasgow Warriors
5: Ultane Dillane, Connacht
6: CJ Stander, Munster
7: Josh Van Der Flier, Leinster
8: Cornell du Preez, Edinburgh

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