Bowe scoops Six Nations honour
March 26, 2010
This was a familiar sight for Ireland fans during the Six Nations © Getty Images
Ireland wing Tommy Bowe has been named Six Nations player of the championship by earning nearly 50% of the votes - more than double that of his nearest rival.
In some consolation for the Irish, Bowe beat four of France's Grand Slam-winning team to the award. The French No.8 Imanol Harinordoquy was second with 20.9% of votes and scrum-half Morgan Parra third with 11.5%.
Bowe scored three tries in what was an ultimately disappointing championship for defending champions Ireland, who lost to France and missed out on the Triple Crown with a defeat to Scotland.
"It has been a championship of mixed emotions for the Irish team but to be named the player of the championship is a fantastic way to end what has been an exciting year for the Six Nations," said Bowe.
"The tournament is always enjoyable and fantastic for rugby fans across Europe with some sensational, competitive rugby produced year after year. To be voted player of the championship by the fans is a huge compliment and I thank them for taking the time to vote."
The shortlist of six nominees also featured France captain Thierry Dusautoir, centre Mathieu Bastareaud and Wales wing Shane Williams.
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