Six Nations accolades for Ireland's Stockdale

by AFP

Irish winger Jacob Stockdale was rewarded for his record-breaking seven Six Nations tries by picking up the award for player of the championship on Friday.

The 21-year-old Ulsterman scored against England, Italy, Scotland and Wales to help Ireland to just a third Grand Slam in their history a.nd will be a key part of Ireland coach Joe Schmidt's squad that comes to Australia in June.

"It's been a truly memorable few weeks, making my first Six Nations appearance, winning the championship then going on to complete the Grand Slam against England," said Stockdale.

"Breaking the try-scoring record was the cherry on top."

Stockdale beat out Irish teammates Conor Murray and Jony Sexton to the prize voted on by a select group of media experts.

His seven-try return beat out the previous record of six held by England duo Chris Ashton and Will Greenwood and Wales winger Shane Williams.