Leinster Rugby’s Scott Penny has been voted in by the media as the Guinness PRO14 Next-Gen Star of the Season for 2020/21.
The 21-year-old, who missed the Guinness PRO14 Final through injury, played his part in Leinster’s title-winning campaign appearing in 11 games as the back rower finished joint top try-scorer with nine tries.
A pool of 75-plus media from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa including reporters, broadcasters, former players and coaches were invited to vote for the Next-Gen Star of the Season award.
Penny saw off stiff competition from Munster pair Gavin Coombes and Craig Casey, Glasgow Warriors’ Scott Dobie and Scarlets’ Jac Morgan.
Penny’s win caps a remarkable run for Leinster, who have claimed four of the previous five Next-Gen Star awards since 2017.
Previous Next-Gen Stars
2019/20: Caelan Doris (Leinster)
2018/19: Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors)
2017/18: Jordan Larmour (Leinster)
2016/17: Joey Carbery (Leinster)
2015/16: Sam Davies (Ospreys)
2014/15: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh)
2013/14: Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
2012/13: Luke Marshall (Ulster)
2011/12: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)
2010/11: Toby Faletau (Dragons)
2009/10: Tim Visser (Edinburgh)