Rugby-Scotland flanker Watson named Six Nations' best player


FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Scotland Training - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - February 5, 2021 Scotland's Hamish Watson during training Pool via REUTERS/Adam Davy/File Photo

(Reuters) - Scotland flanker Hamish Watson was named the 2021 Six Nations' player of the championship after securing 35% of more than 125,000 votes cast by fans, the tournament's organisers said on Friday.

Watson put in a string of fine performances as Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983 before beating France for a first victory in Paris since 1999.

Watson missed only 14 minutes in five matches during the campaign and the 29-year-old successfully made all 55 tackles attempted as well as scoring one try and carrying 67 times for 321 metres.

The Edinburgh player beat the likes of last year's winner Antoine Dupont from France, Wales' Louis Rees-Zammit and Taulupe Faletau and Ireland duo Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Beirne to claim the award.

"I'm very surprised, obviously loads of top players were up for the award. I think when you do win something like that, it's full credit to the team I'm in as well and to all of the guys who have won it previously," Watson said.

"It shows what good teams you're playing for. The Scotland team we're all playing in at the moment is a great team and we really believe we can achieve things in the next few years.

"We think we're heading in the right direction and full credit to the whole team because without them, boys can't win these personal accolades."

Scotland finished fourth in the Six Nations as their win in France in a postponed match handed Wales their second title in three years.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Rugby

Rugby-All Blacks prop Tu'ungafasi a doubt for July tests, Highlanders unchanged
Rugby-Exeter's Skinner, Ewers to miss Premiership semi-final due to four-week bans
Rugby-South African teams to play in European Champions Cup
Rugby-RFU to reduce tackle height in junior games for player welfare
Rugby-Saracens near Premiership return with 60-0 win in playoff first leg
Rugby-Timani returns from exile to Australia squad for France test series
Rugby-Blues to host Highlanders in Trans-Tasman final, Crusaders fall short
Rugby-Wiese's star on the rise as Springboks sweat on Vermeulen
Rugby-Hurricanes keep slim Super final hopes alive with Reds rout
Rugby-SA Rugby seek to allay Lions fears after Rainbow Cup match cancelled

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers