Smith voted England's best

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by AFP & Beth Newman

Wallabies legend George Smith has won the Players’ Player of the Year award at the RPA Awards this morning.

Smith took the top gong of the night, voted on by the professional rugby players of England, after a spectacular Premiership season.

The 111-Test veteran has been a standout for Wasps in the UK Premiership, a key cog in their run to the playoffs and a Champions Cup quarter-final.

The award follows Smith’s dominance of the club’s awards last week, taking out the Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the Year award.

The 35-year-old was also won Premiership Player of the month in February.

This will be Smith’s only season with the Wasps, moving to Japan at the end of the year.

Smith said the achievement was a special one. 

"It's a truly humbling feeling to receive this award, especially as it's voted for by my peers," said Smith.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my season playing in England and representing such a determined and driven club like Wasps has made my job so much easier.

"I have cherished each moment I have taken the pitch, the fans in England are superb and I look forward to finishing our season on a high as we strive towards success in the play-offs."