Departing captain Samu Kerevi has joined a star-studded listing after claiming back-to-back Pilecki Medals because the Queensland Reds’ greatest participant on Friday evening.
The barnstorming centre will go away for Japan’s High League on a profitable three-season deal following this 12 months’s World Cup.
The 25-year-old was arguably the shape participant of the Tremendous Rugby season, registering essentially the most carries and defenders crushed in addition to the fourth-most clear line breaks.
Kerevi (301 votes) received the medal forward of Liam Wright (228) and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (200) to hitch membership greats Jason Little, Chris Latham, David Croft, Will Genia and Liam Gill as back-to-back winners of the prize.
He has saved the door open for a return to Ballymore as soon as his time with Suntory is up and coach Brad Thorn would like to have him again.
“It’s deserved recognition for him after one other stand-out 12 months for Queensland,” Thorn stated.
“He took on the captaincy this 12 months and thrived within the position – he has grown as a person each on-and-off the sector.”
The Reds, who prolonged Thorn’s contract mid-season, mirrored their six-win effort of final 12 months however took huge steps in creating native expertise whereas breaking successful droughts in South Africa and towards New Zealand opposition.