Quickly becoming a regular fixture in the company calendar, Nine Feet Tall had the pleasure of attending the 19th annual RPA Players’ Awards 2017 last Wednesday. The team and a variety of guests descended upon Battersea Park, as the rugby community gathered to celebrate another fine season of British rugby. It was a fantastic evening, full of many highlights and awards, but there were three particular highlights for us:
- Always proud of our Bath roots, the table gave out a huge cheer when Bath number 8, Zach Mercer, took home The RPA Young Player of the Year. Well-deserved for a very promising player, congratulations Zach.
- The inspirational Paul Van-Zandvliet was given The RPA Special Merit Award. The larger than life ex-Newcastle Falcon was unable to receive his award in person but his story was brought to life through a moving video played on the evening. We all wish him the best with his fight against cancer.
- The awards culminated with one of the true greats of the game being inducted into The RPA Hall of Fame; Dan Carter. The legendary New Zealand fly-half graced Battersea with his presence, and the audience showed their appreciation with a long, standing ovation as he side-stepped the many well-wishers on his way to the stage.
We would like to thank everyone at the RPA responsible for organising such a fantastic event and our guests for making the effort to attend, and being such great company throughout the night.