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URC AWARDS: Munster flyhalf Jack Crowley and Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi are the latest URC Awards 2023/24 winners with the pair winning Next-Gen Player of the Season and Try of the Season, respectively.

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Aphelele Fassi’s incredible solo effort against Edinburgh in Round 13 has been voted as Try of the Season following a social media vote by URC fans with over 5,000 people having their say.

The electric fullback garnered double the votes of his nearest competition for his world-class effort.

Fassi has been in excellent form all season, and also leads the way for metres made in the regular season, with an astonishing 1232 metres made, over 200 metres ahead of his nearest challenger.

There were 10 tries in total nominated, with Fassi beating some stiff competition to the award.

Meanwhile, Crowley’s award was voted for by members of the media across all five nations

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This award is to recognise young up-and-coming talent. This category is open to players who were aged 23 and under at the start of the season, and had earned no more than five international caps at the end of the 2022/23 season.

They must also have played at least nine games in the 2023/24 URC season.

Crowley has been a key player for Munster this season, helping them to finish top of the regular season table with 97 points, including two tries in 12 games at the helm for the Irish province. In voting for Crowley, members of the media have dubbed him as “central” to Munster’s incredible run of form in 2024.

One member of the voting media panel wrote: “Having nailed down the Munster No.10 jersey at the end of last season, Crowley’s all-round game and leadership has rapidly matured in the role in 23/24. Not only an excellent game manager but with the ability and vision to be a game-changer.”

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Try of the Season Nominees:

Craig Casey (Munster) v Leinster
Quan Horn (Lions) v Dragons
Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors) v Bulls
Warrick Gelant (Stormers) v Leinster
Theo Cabango (Cardiff) v Scarlets
Diarmuid Kilgallen (Connacht) v Glasgow Warriors
Aphelele Fassi (Sharks) v Edinburgh
JC Pretorius (Lions) v Glasgow Warriors
Embrose Papier (Bulls) v Cardiff
Sebastián Cancelliere (Glasgow Warriors) v Leinster

URC Awards Winners 2023-24:

Tackle Machine: Alessandro Izekor (Benetton)
Turnover King: Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh)
Golden Boot: Chris Smith (Bulls)
Top Try Scorer: Johnny Matthews (Glasgow Warriors)
Ironman Award: Shane Daly (Munster)
Next-Gen Player of the Season: Jack Crowley (Munster)
Try of the Season: Aphelele Fassi (Sharks)

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