Paul O'Connell wins Six Nations Player of the Tournament

RugbyBy John Brennan
Paul O'Connell
Paul O'Connell

Paul O'Connell has been voted the Player of the 2015 Six Nations Rugby Championship.

The Irish skipper won a public vote after leading his team to back-to-back titles, playing superbly all through the five matches and even scoring the opening try in the decisive win over Scotland last weekend.

Wales forward Alun-Wyn Jones was second, with Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw pipping Wales fly-half Dan Biggar for third place.

O'Connell becomes the first Irishman to gain the accolade since his current team-mate Tommy Bowe five years ago.

A shortlist of 12 players was decided through a combination of match statistics, analysing the best performing players across a set range of criteria and then followed by a public vote.

O'Connell, who won his 100th cap during the tournament, said: "I am delighted to receive the RBS player of the championship trophy.

"When you see the names that have gone before, you realise what a great honour it is. I am very grateful for all the supporters who voted for me."

A total of 70,448 votes were cast, with O'Connell gaining 18,842 of those.