The Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship is one of rugby’s greatest individual accolades, and has been won by a host of the game’s top players.
Each year, a shortlist of players are chosen by an expert panel for the Guinness Player of the Championship award. This list then goes to a public vote, with the winning player announced in the week after Super Saturday, the final weekend.
Ireland have provided the winner of a remarkable number of winners, with the great Brian O’Driscoll (2006, 2007, 2009) claiming three while his former centre partner Gordon D’Arcy won the inaugural award in 2014. The brilliant Scottish full-back Stuart Hogg is the only other man to win more than once (2016, 2017).
Ireland’s Tommy Bowe (2010), Paul O’Connell (2015) and Jacob Stockdale (2018) have also won the award.
Five Welshmen have won the accolade with Martyn Williams (2005), Shane Williams (2008), Dan Lydiate (2012), Leigh Halfpenny (2013) and Alun Wyn Jones (2019) all having been chosen.
England’s Mike Brown (2014) and Italy’s Andrea Masi (2011) have also had the honour of being named the Championship’s best player.
The first ever French winner of the coveted award came in 2020 when scrum-half Antoine Dupont was voted the best after some superb performances in blue.
Hamish Watson became only the second ever Scot to win the award after a superb Championship in 2021 which saw him cement his place as one of the very best back-row’s in world rugby.