Pontypridd's Wayne O'Connor has been awarded Principality Player of the Month for March.
The openside flanker helped Ponty to wins over Llanelli (21-16) and Ebbw Vale (51-12) last month, with his impressive performances earning him recognition from Premiership coaches and WRU performance development professionals who vote each month for the league's outstanding performer.
O'Connor, who will receive £100 from the Principality Building Society, the Premiership's title sponsor, said, "Pontypridd have been brilliant to me, especially coaches Paul John and Dale McIntosh. I feel I owe them a lot and it's great for the club, to get some recognition by way of this award.
"We've had a disappointing season by our standards, especially being knocked out of the Swalec Cup earlier than we would have liked, but we are now building towards next season. As a club, we always have high expectations of ourselves and we will once again aim to be competitive in both the Cup and League next season."
His backrow mentor at Sardis Road, Dale McIntosh said, "Wayne has been in terrific form of late. Wayne's a silent assassin. He is the most destructive openside in the Principality Premiership - he never has a bad game.
"The opposition target him week in and week out yet he gets up and just shakes off his dreadlocks. The biggest compliment I can pay Wayne is he is up there with the best to put on a Ponty jersey."
O'Connor joined Pontypridd in the 2002/03 season before the establishment of the regions. Before that, he had played all his rugby for Rumney, Cardiff.
Wayne O'Connor factfile: DoB: 11.11.78 Place of Birth: Cardiff Club: Pontypridd Position: Openside flanker Nickname: Smurf Player most admired: Scott Gibbs Sportsman most admired: Paul Gascoigne Biggest impact on career: Father Occupation: Barber shop and taxi firm proprietor
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