Brumbies clean up at RUPA awards as Naisarani takes top gong

Isi Naisarani. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos
Isi Naisarani. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

ACT Brumbies star recruit Isi Naisarani took out the top gong at the Rugby Union Players' Association awards as Canberra players cleaned up on Wednesday.

Naisarani became the first player to win the RUPA Medal in his first professional season after being voted by his peers the best Super Rugby player in Australia.

The Fijian-born backrower finished with 87 votes, ahead of Melbourne Rebels' Japanese international Amanaki Mafi (78) and Brumbies duo Allan Alaalatoa (69) and Henry Speight (64).

Naisarani is fifteen months away from being Wallabies eligible and has been widely touted to represented Australia at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 22-year-old played all 15 games for the Force this season and made more run metres, tackle busts and line breaks than any of other forward to win the club's best-and-fairest award.

Naisarani also dominated the NRC playing for the Perth Spirit and was a finalist for the players' player of the year, which was won by Canberra Vikings skipper Tom Cusack.

Brumbies pair Robbie Abel (community service) and James Dargaville (academic achievement) also picked up awards at the ceremony.

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