Leeds winger Ryan Hall was presented with the Lance Todd Trophy at the annual celebration dinner in Salford this week.
Hall, 26, scored two tries as the Rhinos defeated Castleford 23-10 at Wembley last Saturday to earn the award, which is always presented at a ceremony on the Wednesday immediately after the final.
He was joined at the event by a host of former Lance Todd Trophy winners, including Sean Long, Andy Gregory, Brian Lockwood, Bill Kirkbride, Ray Ashby, Gary Connolly and Alex Murphy OBE, and received the award from last year’s winner, Matty Smith of Wigan Warriors.
The ceremony was hosted by Salford Red Devils Foundation, in conjunction with Rugby League Cares and One Medical Group. After overseeing proceedings at Wembley on Saturday, BBC Rugby League commentator Dave Woods was MC for the evening.
Owned by the Red Devils Association, the Lance Todd Trophy has been awarded to the man of the match in the Challenge Cup final every year since 1946.
Lance Todd was a former New Zealand international player who went on to play for Wigan and Dewsbury, before overseeing the most successful period in Salford’s history, including the club’s only Wembley win in 1938. Tragically he was killed in a motor accident during the Second World War and the award was born as a tribute to his life and successes.