Sam Tomkins: Catalan Dragons and England full-back wins Rugby League Writers’ Award for third time | Rugby League News
Sam Tomkins, who won the award as a Wigan player in 2011 and 2012, played a central role in the Dragons’ Best Super League campaign; the French club raised the Shield of the League Leaders and will face Thursday night in Perpignan Hull KR for a place in the Grand Final
Last update: 09/28/21 11:25 a.m.
Catalans Dragons and England full-back Sam Tomkins has been voted Rugby League Writers and Broadcasters Association Player of the Year for the third time.
Tomkins, who won the award as a Wigan player in 2011 and 2012, was central to the Dragons’ best Super League campaign.
The French club have lifted the Shield of the League Leaders and will face Thursday night in Perpignan Hull KR for a place in the Grand Final.
Highlights of Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons on September 17th
The historic season of the Catalans is also recognized by the attribution of the prestigious award of merit of the Association for services rendered to the rugby league to the owner of the club Bernard Guasch.
Tomkins collected two-thirds of the votes of the association’s membership to clinch the Ray Fletcher Shield ahead of Paul McShane of Castleford and the St Helens trio of Lachlan Coote, Alex Walmsley and Morgan Knowles.
Tomkins, who is also on Steve Prescott’s Man of Steel shortlist, paid tribute to his teammates.
He said: âIt’s been a good season for me but it goes hand in hand as a full-back you can play well if the guys in front of you are doing well.
“We have players in the squad who have been eight and nine out of 10 all year and, for me, playing in a confident squad on the front foot, as a full-back that gives you the opportunity to do well. to play.
“I reap the rewards for the guys in front of me who are playing well.”
While Tomkins has been pulling the strings on the pitch since his move from Wigan, the rise of the Dragons, who won the Challenge Cup at Wembley in 2018, has been orchestrated by Guasch.
He founded the club from the merger of St Esteve and Catalan XIII, taking them to the Super League in 2006, and his considerable financial commitment has enabled them to weather the storm created by the pandemic.