The Rugby Australia Awards for 2017 are in the books, with Israel Folau the star of the show in winning his third John Eales Medal.
Here’s how all the action panned out throughout the night.
Israel Folau has won his third John Eales Medal and has done so with a total of 260 votes, 94 ahead of Kurtley Beale with 166 and 114 clear of Bernard Foley.
Folau streaked clear with an unassailable lead after carving up throughout the June Tests and was never in any danger of being chased down.
He is now the only player to notch three John Eales Medal’s, no mean feat considering he only came to the code with the Waratahs in 2013.
Chloe Dalton has beaten a brilliant field to join Stannard as the Australian Women’s Sevens Player of the Year.
The evergreen James Stannard is the Australian Men’s Sevens Player of the Year.
Hilisha Samoa has won the Women’s XV Player of the Year ahead of a strong field that guided the Wallaroos to a sixth place finish at the World Cup.
The next round of votes are in… here is how the leaderboard stands after the June Tests.
Israel Folau – 179
David Pocock – 105
Bernard Foley – 98
Dane Haylett-Petty – 83
Michael Hooper – 79
Michael Hooper is the man of the people in 2017, awarded the Fan’s Choice Wallaby of the Year.
Will he win the John Eales Medal as well?
After an enormous debut season, Amanaki Mafi has been crowned the Super Rugby Player of the Year.
This superb team effort, which Joe Powell finished, has been crowned Australian Try of the Year.
After starting the first seven Tests of his career, Ned Hanigan has been crowned Australian Rugby Rookie of the Year.
It’s been a big week for Liam Wright. His first Wallabies squad inclusion and now, crowned U20s Player of the Year.
The votes after the 2016 Spring Tour are in and here is the top five.
David Pocock – 105
Dane Haylett-Petty – 79
Bernard Foley – 76
Tevita Kuridrani – 60
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Israel Folau – 49
Melbourne Unicorns coach Alana Thomas has been crowned Community Coach of the Year and we have also paid respects to some of the greats of our code that passed away in 2017.
Kevin Crowe OAM has won the Joe French Award for 2017.
The Warringah Rugby Club and the Ward family have been awarded the Nick Farr-Jones Spirit of Rugby award after their tumultuous year.
Angus Gardner has gone back-to-back, claiming the top gong for an Australian referee.
Gardner beat out Nic Berry to top the prize, having increased his reputation worldwide in a big 2017 which included officiating during the All Blacks-British and Irish Lions series.
Peter Kurtz has been recognised for his service to the game in being crowed the Volunteer of the Year.
HSBC have rewarded Kurtz’s club, Biloela Rugby Club in central Queensland, with a $10,000 grant.
John David Brockhoff and Greg Cornelsen have been inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame.
They have been recognised for their commitment to the code whilst playing and thereafter.
As the stars of the show roll in, we will bring you all the photos of the arrivals.
In the meantime, here’s a preview to all the awards that are up for grabs tonight, along with a prediction for each category.