CAELAN DORIS has picked up the Autumn Nations Series player of the series award for his three excellent displays in November.
The Ballina native beat off an impressive group of players to take home the award. These included the likes of Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, France’s Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, and South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth.
Ireland's newest star played in all three games for Andy Farrell's side and was instrumental in the 29-20 win over the All Blacks at the Aviva, in which he was crowned the standout player between the sides.
The votes are in! Caelan Doris of @IrishRugby and @LeinsterRugby is YOUR #AutumnNationsSeries Player of the Series!! ☘️
Played every minute of Ireland's unbeaten ANS Campaign ⏱️
POTM vs New Zealand 👏
First ever international try ✅ pic.twitter.com/cGgCMeDVad
— Autumn Nations Series (@autumnnations) November 29, 2021
Ireland's no 8 scored two tries against Argentina and New Zealand and showed immense skill in tackling in every game. The stats were more impressive as Ireland had most of the rugby ball in games.
Doris received 26% of the public vote, while his nearest challenger was South Africa’s Etzebeth , followed by England’s Steward on 20 per cent.
The Leinster man didn't feature for the Irish in the Six Nations this year because he experienced concussion issues before the tournament kicked off.
He also missed a big chunk of Leinster's club campaign and had his chances with the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa ruled out soon after.
He did however start against both Japan and the USA to kickstart his international career back in July.
The Leinster star has won just 12 caps for his country, but already he is looking very comfortable on the international stage.
It's fair to say that Ireland could have a real player on their hands and the Six Nations could be one that he shines again in.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 30, 2021