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Gopperth named top Premiership player

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

Dan Carter of the New Zealand All Blacks lines up a penalty during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. Expats: The best All Blacks playing overseas Jimmy Gopperth has swept the board in English rugby's top awards by being named the Premiership player of the season.

The Kiwi playmaker added the prestigious Premiership crown to his player of the season gongs from both Wasps and the Rugby Players' Association.

The 33-year-old also collected two more trophies at the Premiership's annual awards ceremony in London on Wednesday - taking home silverware for the golden boot and also the try of the season.

The former Hurricanes and Blue first five-eighth helped Wasps finish top of the Premiership's regular-season table for the first time, and will be itching for Dai Young's side to see off Leicester in Saturday's hotly anticipated semi-final clash.

"It's difficult to put into words just how valuable Jimmy has been for our squad, both on and off the pitch," Wasps rugby director Young said.

"We all know he is a quality fly-half, but his ability to play 10, 12, 13 and even a couple of games at full-back for us this season has really helped the side.

"Jimmy always puts the team before himself and he's always played at a very high standard in every position he's played.

"He's a real club man and a quality player who deserves all the accolades he's got this season. He's also one of the most modest guys you could meet, really hard-working and a real leader around the camp.

"The team is the most important thing to him and he's a role model to the younger guys coming through. We're really pleased for Jimmy and he thoroughly deserves all the awards he's won."

Gopperth's 221 points off the tee secured the ex-Leinster star the Gilbert Golden Boot Award, while he was also honoured for his try in Wasps' 20-15 win at Northampton in September.

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