Lealiifano is Brumbies' top man

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:44
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NEWS: The coveted Brett Robinson Medal for the Brumbies' Players' Player of the year was picked up by flyhalf and co-captain Christian Lealiifano at their awards gala.

Lealiifano, who is continuing his treatment for Leukaemia after being diagnosed with the disease last month, also bagged the Best Back of the Year award for the fourth time in his career.

Lealiifano scored 161 points through three tries, 40 conversions and 22 penalty goals in 2016 - taking his career tally to 796 points from 117 appearances for the Brumbies.

"Christian had an outstanding season and claiming these awards is a great reflection of the effort he put in for the club all year. On the field he was an outstanding leader and that was a reflection of his efforts off the field both at training and in the community.

"Being voted as Players' Player is the highest honour you can receive and there were a number of players in the running for this award this year, so it just shows you how highly regarded Christian's performances were for the side.

"It's obviously quite an emotional period for Christian and his family right now and he is honoured and humbled to receive these awards at this time," Brumbies interim Chief Executive Phil Thomson said.

Lealiifano claimed the Best Back award for the second successive season and also won it back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. A number of other players also claimed honours at the Brumby Ball for their efforts throughout the season.

Sam Carter was named the side's best forward. The Quirindi-product won 64 lineouts for the Brumbies and crossed for one try. Flank Scott Fardy was voted Stallion of the Year by Brumbies fans following his outstanding season. Fardy started all 16 matches in 2016. He scored four tries and was a key figure in the Brumbies lineouts and set piece plays all season.

Youngster Tom Staniforth was rewarded for his breakout season with the club's Shawn MacKay Most Outstanding Young Talent Award. Staniforth, who made his only prior Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies in 2014, made 13 appearances for the side in 2016 and was rewarded with a new two-year contract.

The Community Player of the Year Award went to Robbie Abel who made his Super Rugby debut in 2016. Abel was recognised for his tireless volunteer work with indigenous and islander youth which included school visits, coaching and health clinics and group mentoring programs.

Brumbies Award Winners 2016:

Brett Robinson Player's Player Award - Christian Lealiifano
Best Back - Christian Lealiifano
Best Forward - Sam Carter
Stallion of the Year, Supporters' Choice - Scott Fardy
Shawn Mackay Most Outstanding Young Talent - Tom Staniforth
Community Player - Robbie Abel
Garry Quinlivan Service - Deon Norval

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