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Latham named Super 12 player of the year

01/06/2005 10:28:21 PM Comments (0)

It may have been another lean year for the Queensland Reds in the Super 12 but it was also another highly successful one for fullback Chris Latham who won his fourth Australian player of the competition award.

The incumbent Test fullback continued his outstanding form from the Spring tour of Europe into the Super 12 this year and was judged the standout Australian player throughout the season by the match referees.

Latham polled 11 votes to win the award, one ahead of Brumbies flanker George Smith who last week was named the ACT's player of the year.

Following on nine votes were the Waratahs' Phil Waugh and Peter Hewat and the Brumbies' Scott Fava and Jeremy Paul.

It is the third year in a row that Latham has won the award after first claiming it in 2000.

Winger Hewat, the top pointscorer in Super 12 this year, was unsurprisingly named the rookie of the series.

It was a small consolation for Hewat who was not named in a 32-man Wallabies training squad for the upcoming Test season.

Hewat edged out Reds lock Hugh McMeniman and departing Brumbies five eighth Sam Norton-Knight to claim the award.

The 27-year-old also won the Tooheys New Medal, for the people's choice player of the year.

After guiding the Waratahs to their maiden Super 12 final Ewen McKenzie was named coach of the year.

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