Mark Bennett named Edinburgh’s player of the season

Emiliano Boffelli and Pierre Schoeman among others recognised at awards dinner

Mark Bennett
Mark Bennett scored Edinburgh's first try at the DAM Health Stadium and kept up his form throughout the campaign. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

MARK Bennett’s return to his best form was given official recognition last night when he was named Edinburgh’s player of the season.  The Scotland centre, now 29,  has had more than his fair share of injuries to contend with since moving from Glasgow to the capital club five years ago, but he has shrugged off such worries this season to produce some inspiring performances.

“We’re absolutely delighted to see Mark named Scottish Building Society Player of the Season after a brilliant year in which he was one of our most consistent and impressive performers,” Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair said. “Mark was pretty candid in the fact Edinburgh fans hadn’t seen the best of him in the last few years due to injury, but he was absolutely back to his best this season and I think that was evident in the way he provided a constant attacking spark with his line-breaking and carrying skills.

“Looking back at the season, there were so many games where Mark’s contributions made the difference. January’s home win against Cardiff was a match in which he cut them apart with nearly every run, while you only had to look at his try against Ulster last month which got us right back into the contest.

“Mark deserves all the plaudits he gets this year. He’s really stepped up to become an influential leader in this squad.”

Six of Bennett’s team-mates were also honoured for their contributions at an awards dinner held last night in Edinburgh. Argentina’s back-three star Emiliano Boffelli was voted Glen Moray Players’ Player of the Season after a debut campaign that saw him produce some outstanding performances, and 20-year-old No 8 Ben Muncaster was named Breadalbane Finance Young Player of the Season.

The Equity Gap Most Improved Player award went to openside flanker Connor Boyle, Marshall Sykes was named Breadalbane Finance Man of Steel as the club’s best defender, and scrum-half Henry Pyrgos received the CBS Consulting Leadership Award.

The Caullie Lug award – so called because the actual prize is modelled on former Edinburgh player Allan Jacobsen’s cauliflower ear – went to loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman. The Caullie Lug is the only award to be voted on by Edinburgh’s supporters and goes to the player deemed to have shown the most commitment to the jersey over the course of the season.

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5 Comments

  1. All the awards are spot on, MB has been a revelation this year and as he says this is obviously just down to staying injury free.

    Shoooo is more than deserving of his award, he can energise the entire crowd with a single charge !

  2. If Bennett can stay fit and keeps his form he surely must push for the Scotland 13 jersey going into 2023. Harris is a good honest solid centre and defensively pretty sound, but he offers nothing in attack against the top tier 1 teams. Bennett is a game breaker and we cant afford to turn out nose up at talent like his. Personally id love to see a Redpath 12 and Bennett or Jones 13 axis in the centres. I dont think Johnson and Harris is the answer unfortunately

  3. Bennett has been great because he has been injury free – shouldn’t he be rested this Summer? I’d rather have him fit for next season the 6N and the World Cup!

  4. Bennett has been superb this year and has been the real difference in several games. His step, break, rugby intelligence are a joy to watch. Hope he gets the 13 jersey in Argentina

  5. Thoroughly deserved. It’s been great seeing him firing on all cylinders this season.

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