Carr big winner at WP rugby awards

The 23-year-old loose forward star walked away with two big prizes.

FILE: Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr streaks through a gap in the Bulls defence during the Stormers' 16-0 win at Newlands. Picture: Official Stormers Facebook Page.

JOHANNESBURG - Western Province and Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr was the big winner at the 2014 WP Rugby Awards Evening on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old loose forward star walked away with two big prizes, the adidas MVP Award and the prestigious Players' Player of the Year Award.

Carr has had an outstanding season, first establishing himself as a first-choice pick for the Stormers and then carrying that form across into the 2014 Currie Cup competition.

Joining Carr as major winners on the night were Springboks Duane Vermeulen (Senior Forward of the Year), Damian de Allende (Senior Back of the Year), Michael Rhodes (Most Promising Senior Forward) and Cheslin Kolbe (Most Promising Senior Back).

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee commended Carr and his fellow award winners for their contributions to WP Rugby in 2014.

"Last year Nizaam was our most promising player and he has stepped up superbly in 2014, firstly earning a starting place in the Stormers team and then being a standout player for WP in the Currie Cup."

The other professional award winners on the night were the WP Under-19 trio of Rikus Bothma, Ernst Stapelberg and Grant Hermanus, the Forward, Back and Most Promising Player, respectively, in their age-group.

WPRFU President Thelo Wakefield said Saturday's President's Cup Finals Day at Newlands was a great finale to a memorable 2014 club season.

"Hopefully we still have another three game-days ahead of us at Newlands, with our WP and Under-21 teams having secured home-ground advantage ahead of the play-offs.

"I would like to thank every single player, coach and management member and our referees, at professional and club level, for a top season thus far and would also like to wish everyone the best of luck for the business-end of the year."