Tupou wins Super Rugby AU player gong

Sun, 13/12/2020, 08:00 pm
AAP
by AAP
Taniela Tupou in action in the Reds' win against the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images
Taniela Tupou in action in the Reds' win against the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Powerhouse Queensland prop Taniela Tupou has clinched his second Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year award in three years.

The 24-year-old has continued to make his mark as one of the world's best props, with the award topping an impressive Tri Nations series with the Wallabies.

Also winning the award in 2018, Tupou has continued the Reds' recent dominance of the award with teammate Samu Kerevi winning it in 2019 before shifting his career to Japan.

 

 

Known to rugby fans as the 'Tongan Thor' Tupou was integral in Queensland's push to the Super Rugby AU final, where they fell to the Brumbies.

The award was voted on by Super Rugby AU coaches as well as a panel of judges.

The John Eales Medal for the best Wallabies player will be awarded next week, with Tupou among the favourites alongside rookie Harry Wilson, lock Matt Philip and 2019 winner Marika Koroibete.

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