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Rugby Union: Robinson picks up top award in Premiership.

ENGLAND star Jason Robinson was last night named Zurich player of the season at a glittering awards ceremony in London.

The Sale full-back, whose performances wowed Premiership crowds nationwide, took top honours from a short-list that also included Leicester's England lock Ben Kay and London Irish skipper Ryan Strudwick. But Irish gained ample compensation in two other categories. The Exiles' coaching think tank of Brendan Venter and Conor O'Shea jointly collected the Zurich rugby director of the season award, while Venter completed a notable double by also scooping Zurich's overseas player award.

Leicester flanker Lewis Moody, who broke into the senior England side this term following a succession of outstanding club displays, was named young player of the season.

Robinson though, was an undoubted star of the evening, rounding off a campaign when he helped Sale finish second in the Premiership and secure Heineken Cup qualification for the first time.

And there could be more silverware to come, with Robinson and his team-mates currently preparing for next Sunday's Parker Pen European Shield final against Pontypridd.

Gloucester wing James Simpson-Daniel won Premiership try of the season - a scintillating solo effort against Bath earlier this month - while Chris McLoughlin, the RFU north division's country secretary, won the unsung hero award.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 21, 2002
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