Maro Itoje has been crowned Breakthrough Player of the Year at the World Rugby awards.
Itoje, 22, has enjoyed a remarkable year both for club and country.
The second-row made his England debut during the 2016 Six Nations and helped the side to their first Grand Slam since 2003 and then played an integral role in their 3-0 series win over Australia in June.
At club level he was instrumental in Saracens’ charge to both Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup titles and was named Land Rover Discovery of the season at the Premiership awards, Young Player of the Year at the RPA’s and also European Player of the Year.
He saw off competition from New Zealand duo Anton Lienert-Brown and Ardie Savea to take the prestigious award.
Itoje is currently sidelined with a fractured hand and sits out the November Tests but will have his sights set on returning in time to help England in the Six Nations and will be hopeful of winning a place on the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
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Itoje crowned Breakthrough Player of the Year
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