2018 Six Nations Player Of The Championship Revealed
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And the winner is…
Record-breaking Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale has been named the 2018 NatWest Player of the Championship.
The Ulster star bagged a Six Nations record seven tries as he helped Ireland secure an historic Grand Slam for only the third time in their history. Stockdale, who scored against England, Italy, Scotland and Wales during this year’s Championship, eclipsed the six tries set by Chris Ashton, Will Greenwood and Shane Williams.
The 21-year-old was a clear winner in the public vote, securing 32% of rugby fans’ votes. His Ireland teammate Conor Murray was second with 18.2%, just edging fellow Irishman Jonathan Sexton into third on 18%.
Another Ireland winger took fourth place with Keith Earls garnering 14.5% of the votes, followed by Italy’s rising star, Matteo Minozzi, who earned 13.2%. France captain Guilhem Cuirado completed the line-up with 4.1%.
Stockdale, who only had four caps heading into this year’s NatWest 6 Nations, commented:
“It’s been a truly memorable few weeks, making my first NatWest 6 Nations appearance, winning the Championship then going on to complete the Grand Slam against England. Breaking the try-scoring record was the cherry on top! It’s an absolute honour to win the NatWest Player of the Championship, especially when you look at the amazing calibre of those shortlisted.
“Thank you to everyone who voted and for all the fans who gave us so much support throughout the Championship.”