Bevan French named RLWBA Player of the Year with more than 70% of votes

Wigan full-back Bevan French is the Rugby League Writers’ and Broadcasters’ Association player of the year for 2020.

The 24-year-old Australian has enjoyed a memorable first full season in Super League and scored his 13th try from his new position of full-back as Wigan gained a 29-2 win over Hull on Thursday night to help them reach next week’s Grand Final.French, who recently signed a new contract with the Warriors for 2021, was the overwhelming winner of the Raymond Fletcher Memorial Trophy, which was won in 2019 by his current Wigan team-mate Jackson Hastings.

St Helens pair Alex Walmsley and Lachlan Coote were the nearest rivals to French, who is shortlisted for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award which will be announced on Monday.

RLWBA chairman Trevor Hunt said: “It’s been the darkest of times but Bevan French has typified the spirit of rugby league with some outstanding performances to lift the gloom and spark Wigan to the League Leaders’ Shield and Grand Final, claiming over 70% of the votes to become the RLWBA player of the year.”

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