Top gong for Goneva

  • Last Updated: May 21 2014, 23:03 BST

Leicester winger Vereniki Goneva has been crowned 2014 Players' Player of the Year at the Rugby Players Association awards dinner in London.

Vereniki Goneva: Superb season with Leicester
Vereniki Goneva: Superb season with Leicester

Bath fly-half George Ford was named Young Player of the Year, with Harlequins full-back Mike Brown the England Player of the Year.

Fijian Goneva, knowing for his tackle-busting runs and brutal defence, scored 12 tries in 18 Aviva Premiership matches in his first season at Welford Road.

He recently signed a new two-year contract with the Tigers, who were beaten in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals.

"This means a lot and I'm really very happy. It's an honour to win this award because a lot of players have done very well this season," Goneva said.

"To be voted by other players is something very special. A lot of players fight for this award so to be recognised like this is great."

Ford, who has helped Bath book a spot in Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup final against Northampton, took the young player award.

"I'm massively honoured to get the award and it's even more special because other players voted for it," Ford said.

"This is my first proper full season playing week in week out. I've enjoyed it and have learnt so much."

Brown was magnificent for England in the Six Nations, and was hot favourite to win his award