Rory Darge scores a hat-trick at Glasgow Warriors’ Awards Dinner

Ollie Smith, Johnny Matthews, Richie Gray and Rob Harley also pick up prizes

Rory Darge has been voted by fans and team-mates as Glasgow Warriors player of the season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rory Darge has been voted by fans and team-mates as Glasgow Warriors player of the season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

RORY DARGE was the star of the show at the Glasgow Warriors’ Awards Dinner this [Tuesday] evening, picking up three prestigious prizes. 

The 22-year-old flanker was named McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season after edging out fellow back-rower Jack Dempsey in a fan’s vote and was elected Players’ Player of the Year by his team-mates. He was also unveiled as the club Test Player of the Year.

The triple whammy recognises an impressive 13-month spell which has seen Darge go from a fringe player at Edinburgh, making just one bench appearance for the capital club during his first season on a senior pro contract before moving west along the M8 to join Warriors in search of more regular game time last April.


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He made an immediate impact at Scotstoun being named McCrea Warrior of the Month that May. He has picked up that award twice more this season and, after missing out on last Autumn’s Test series due to an ankle issue, he made his international bow off the bench against Wales in round two of the recent Six Nations, going on to start the next three matches against France, Italy and Ireland.

Meanwhile, Johnny Matthews was named Warriors’ Breakthrough Player of the Season, having pushed his way past three internationalists in Fraser Brown, George Turner and Grant Stewart to be be described as Warriors’ form coach by head coach Danny Wilson last month. Matthews scored a hat-trick against Zebre at the start of April and his haul of nine tries for the season equals the record for a Glasgow forward.

The Young Player of the Year Award went to 21-year-old full-back Ollie Smith, who had his coming-of-age moment in pro rugby when he scored two tries off the bench in Glasgow’s European Champions Cup loss to La Rochelle at Scotstoun in January, and who has carried the ball for more metres in the United Rugby Championship than any other Warriors player apart from Dempsey this season, despite the fact he has only been a regular in the side for half the campaign.

 

Veteran second-row Richie Gray was given the club Leadership Award at the end of a season in which he has led the URC in lineout steals and also been heavily involved with the club’s charity work off the field.

Rob Harley – who is to leave the club this summer after a record 266 appearances – was handed The Famous Grouse Coaches Award in recognition of his huge contribution during a 12-year association with the Scotstoun outfit.

Cammy Little of Moffat RFC was named as the SP Energy Networks Community Hero for 2021-22, in recognition of the major impact he has made with the club over the course of the season. In addition to the role of head coach, Little has been at the heart of community events including a Santa’s Grotto and Halloween Drive, as well as engaging players and fans young and old across Moffat and the surrounding region.

2021-22 Glasgow Warriors Awards Winners –

  • McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season: Rory Darge
  • Denholm Energy Services Players’ Player of the Season: Rory Darge
  • Land Rover Young Player of the Season: Ollie Smith
  • Mackenzie Construction Most Improved Player of the Season: Johnny Matthews
  • Harper Macleod Test Player of the Season: Rory Darge
  • The Famous Grouse Coaches Award: Rob Harley
  • The Malcolm Group Leadership Award: Richie Gray
  • SP Energy Networks Community Hero: Cammy Little, Moffat RFC

 

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  1. Congratulations to Darge who has been the standout player at the club this year. Hard to believe he was surplus to requirements at Edinburgh.

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