Pocock rewarded for a top year for club and country

David Pocock.
David Pocock.

Wallabies and Brumbies star David Pocock has been recognised for an outstanding year by taking out top honours at the Rugby Union Players Association awards.

The back-rower, a standout for Australia at the World Cup, took out the Medal for Excellence and the People's Choice Award.

The Medal for Excellence is voted on by Super Rugby players from every Australian franchise on the basis of a player's contributions on and off the field.

It was the second time the 27-year-old had claimed the honour after also winning in 2010.

On holidays in South Africa, Pocock said it was: "always an honour to be recognised by your peers".

Other award winners included Melbourne Rebels winger Sefa Naivalu, who was named newcomer of the year, and Waratahs forward Paddy Ryan, who won the community service award for his long-time advocacy of mental health awareness.



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