Super Rugby
Fainga'a wins Rebels' top gong
July 26, 2014

Colby Fainga'a has capped a remarkable first year in Melbourne by being named the Rebels' players' player at the Super Rugby club's awards night.

After joining the Rebels from the Brumbies, Fainga'a was the runaway winner in the voting by his team-mates. From 15 games the flanker polled 237 points, 64 votes ahead of centre Mitch Inman, with skipper Scott Higginbotham, who won the award last year, third.

The 23-year-old is currently sidelined following shoulder surgery and will miss playing in Melbourne's National Rugby Championship team, the Rising.

In other awards another flanker Sean McMahon was named Rookie of the Year. McMahon is currently in Glasgow representing the Australian rugby sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.

Newly-capped Wallaby Luke Jones broke a New Zealand hold on the Spirit of Weary Dunlop Award, with all three previous winners Kiwis.

Tom Sexton was awarded the Rod Macqueen Five Star Award. Sexton joined the club from Irish side Leinster for the 2014 season, however suffered a serious knee injury during the pre-season. The Irishman, who will play in the NRC, spent the season promoting the community game in Victoria.

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