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Record breaking Williams named Peter Thomas Player of the Season

Community | 28th April 2023

Lloyd Williams was named the Peter Thomas Player of the Season at an emotional end of season awards evening at Cardiff Arms Park on Thursday.

The departing scrum half, who reached 250 games for the club this season and broke Taufa’ao Filise’s appearance record in the professional era, was personally chosen by Thomas during the final days before his passing and was presented with the award by his daughters, Holly and Stephanie.

The life and achievements of Cardiff's late Life President were celebrated through a touching tribute paid by close friend and former scrum half, Sir Gareth Edwards.

Elsewhere, Max Llewellyn edged Taulupe Faletau and Rhys Priestland to claim the Players’ Player of the Season, while Thomas Young topped the supporters’ vote after a stellar campaign on his return to Cardiff Arms Park.

In a season where he made his international debut, Mason Grady was named the Breakthrough of the Season while former Wales U20 captain Alex Mann was awarded the Academy Player of the Season.

Cardiff Women’s U18s retained their league title this season, with captain Katie Sims and hooker Shanelle Williams claiming the Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards respectively.

After a record-breaking scoring streak, it was Josh Adams who claimed the Try of the Season for his effort in the memorable European victory over Sale Sharks.

Number eight Faletau, who has been a stand-out in his first campaign at the Arms Park, picked up the Defender of the Season award for his epic try-saving tackle against Dragons in the Boxing Day derby.

There was also an opportunity to celebrate the very best of our community game, with Ceri Morgan’s work at the Red Kites hub recognised with the Outstanding Contribution to Community Rugby award.

Finally, Adelle Willis of Fairwater RFC and Joe Gatt of Vale Schools were the winners of the Club and School Recognition awards respectively.

Peter Thomas Player of the Season

Lloyd Williams

Players’ Player of the Season (Sponsored by Route Media)

Max Llewellyn 

Taulupe Faletau

Rhys Priestland

Fans’ Player of the Season (Sponsored by Dragon Signs)

Thomas Young

Josh Adams

Liam Belcher

Taulupe Faletau

Rey Lee-Lo

Max Llewellyn

Rhys Priestland

Josh Turnbull

Breakthrough of the Season (Sponsored by Defender)

Mason Grady

Ellis Bevan

Teddy Williams

Academy Player of the Season (Sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College)

Alex Mann

Evan Lloyd

Cameron Winnett

Women’s U18 Player of the Season (Sponsored by Cardiff Life Awards)

Katie Sims

Women’s U18 Players’ Player of the Season (Sponsored by JAR Site Solutions)

Shanelle Williams

Try of the Season (Sponsored by Heidi’s and Proud Mary)

Josh Adams v Sale Sharks

Josh Adams v Scarlets

Aled Summerhill v Ulster

Defender of the Season (Sponsored by Sinclair)

Taulupe Faletau v Dragons

Thomas Young v DHL Stormers

Kristian Dacey v Sale Sharks

Outstanding Contribution to Community Rugby (Sponsored by Heineken)

Ceri Morgan (Red Kites hub)

Club Recognition Award (Sponsored by Glamorgan Brewing)

Adelle Willis (Fairwater RFC)

School Recognition Award (Sponsored by Genero)

Joe Gatt (Vale Schools)