Grand Slam winning Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has been named player of the 20-19 six-nations at a general vote.
The veteran lock beat three fellow Welshmen on the shortlist – Josh Adams, Liam Williams and Hadleigh Parkes, who played as Wales clinched the title with a 25-7 win over Ireland.
England wing Jonny May also flanker Tom Curry even made the shortlist.
“For me personally as captain, it’s a validation of what we’ve done as a team during the effort,” explained Jones.
The Ospreys player said he had been”very flattered” by the award, adding:”To be up as being a nominee with another Welsh players and just two players that are outstanding from England would have been more than enough, and I am very grateful to the men and women who have taken the time to vote.”
Jones directed Wales to wins against France in Paris and Italy at Rome before finishing England’s Grand Slam bidding together with success in Cardiff.
Scotland tested Wales’ defensive work in Edinburgh, however the visitors held out.
Against Ireland, the 33-year-old left his 125th appearance for Wales and his 134th in Tests, including games for the British and Irish Lions.
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At the other end of this scale Adams, in his first full effort, scored critical efforts against Italy, England and Scotland.
Williams had been man of the match against England, while Parkes scored Wales’ key try and produced a try-saving tackle in the triumph over Ireland.
England wing May had been the championship’s top try-scorer together with six, including a first half hat-trick against France.
Flanker Curry, 20, completed the list after an breakthrough effort that saw him score attempts against Wales and Scotland.
Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale won the award in 2018.