LUKE Crosbie was the big winner at Edinburgh Rugby’s awards dinner last night, taking four prizes in all. The 26-year-old international back-row forward’s haul of gongs included the most prestigious award, for Scottish Building Society Player of the Season, as well as theBreadalbane Players’ Player of the Season award, nominated by Edinburgh’s senior squad.
Crosbie was also named BMW Peter Vardy Man of Steel, awarded to the team’s best defender, in addition to winning the only fan-voted award of the evening, the Caullie Lug, given to the player who has displayed the most commitment to the jersey. He also won that honour in 2020-21.
Former Edinburgh and Scotland captain Stuart McInally, who will retire from rugby after this autumn’s World Cup, received the Breadalbane Leadership Award in recognition of his “commitment and service to the club”. McInally’s fellow-hooker Patrick Harrison was named My Name’5 Doddie Pro Academy Player of the Year, while lock Marshall Sykes was announced as the Uhuru Rum Young Player of the Season.
Stand-off Charlie Savala got the It’s Good 2 Give Most Improved Player award, and departing full-back player Henry Immelman received the Scottish Building Society Our Burgh Community Award “for going above and beyond in community outreach”.
“It’s important we applaud this past season’s top performers, whose hard work, dedication and commitment was properly recognised throughout a fantastic evening attended by our players, staff, sponsors and supporters,” head coach Mike Blair said at the end of the event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. “It was brilliant to see Luke Crosbie pick up four awards on the evening, capping off a special season for a great guy who has developed into a really important player for both club and country.
“It was also a truly special moment to finish the awards night by paying tribute to Stuart McInally, who will depart the club later this year following over a decade of rugby in the Scottish capital. A massive thank you to all sponsors and fans who backed a really special night at the EICC, bringing a close to the 22/23 season.”