safeguards the welfare of pro players in Ireland and its chief executive Omar Hassanein believes O'Connell is a fitting winner.
have also asked to meet the IRFU to express their unease with the circumstances surrounding the ban.
We expect the IRFU to keep us informed of all developments in this matter and consult with the IRUPA
before they make any decision which may directly and adversely affect the livelihood and careers of our members.
ca A raft of honours followed, including the prestigious IRUPA
award from his peers.
But Kearney, unveiled as Jonny Sexton's successor as IRUPA
chairman yesterday, predicts the Irish provinces would have to join a breakaway league if it happens "There's no doubt about it that if the English and French clubs aren't in the Heineken Cup it's going to be detrimental to the game, said Kearney.
And his transformation was confirmed when he was voted the Pro 12 player of the year as well as the IRUPA
player of the year.
I've been doing lessons," said Sexton, speaking before the Hibernia College IRUPA awards in Dublin.
The IRUPA chairman admits he's delighted to be playing again after he was injured in the Six Nations against England, and then suffered another injury as he was rehabbing.
8 Nick Williams, below, was named the IRUPA player of the year and is only the second overseas player to win the award.
Connacht's Robbie Henshaw was awarded the Nevin Spence Young Player 2013, while former Ireland and Leinster winger Denis Hickie was inducted into to BNY Mellon IRUPA Hall of Fame.
DENIS HICKIE will become the 13th Irish player to be inducted into the BNY Mellon IRUPA
Hall of Fame on Wednesday next.
SIMON ZEBO, Cian Healy and Nick Williams are the candidates for the Hibernia College IRUPA
Players' Player of the Year 2013 award.