Cardiff Blues prop has been rewarded for another outstanding season by being voted Wales Player of the Year. He was clear winner in a ballot carried out by members of the Welsh Rugby Writers Association.
Two Blues and Wales team mates - Leigh Halfpenny and Tom Shanklin, came second and third respectively in the poll.
The award has ended the Ospreys domination of the gong with Shane Williams, James Hook and Duncan Jones having been the three previous winners.
The Most Promising Player of the Year award went to Dragons full-back Jason Tovey, who topped the poll ahead of Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies and Ospreys full-back Gareth Owen.
And Cardiff flanker Rhys Shellard has been named as Premiership player of the year, with Llanelli's Aaron Shingler second and Cardiff's Damian Welch third.
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
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