Cape Town - The second annual star-studded BrightRock Players Choice Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre tonight honoured and acknowledged professional South African rugby players.
As it happened: Brightrock Players Choice Awards
Malcom Marx walked away with the coveted 2018 Players' Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of Springbok rugby captain, Siya Kolisi, who nabbed the prestigious award in 2017.
The winners were decided by South Africans professional rugby players in a voting process which was run by MyPlayers, the South African rugby players' organisation.
There was not a dry eye in the room when young Stefan Benz gave a heart-warming performance. Even star rugby players SP Marais, Hacjivah Dayimani, Elton Jantjies and Ivan van Zyl, took to the stage to perform, proving that many rugby players have other hidden talents. On stage to help hand over the awards were well-known celebrities including Thapelo Mokoena, Lunga Tshabalala and Francois van Coke.
BrightRock executive director, Suzanne Stevens added that the evening tied in with BrightRock's unique needs-matched offering. "We're excited to have partnered with the players again this year, as we did last year at the inaugural BrightRock Players Choice Awards. Our goal is to design a needs-matched awards event where the players decide about every aspect - from the awards categories to the winners, to the format of the event - even the entertainment. This is very much aligned with BrightRock's philosophy, which puts our clients in the driving seat and empowers them to design their own life insurance solution that precisely matches their specific individual needs. In the process, clients remove wasted cover and get better, much better, value for their money. So, it's all about putting change back in our clients' pockets - and that just one of the reasons we at BrightRock love change!"
BrightRock Players Choice Awards Winners
Best Of The Bench
Nominees: Akker van der Merwe, Steven Kitshoff, Marnus Schoeman, Zain Davids
The #LoveChange Award
Nominees: Aphiwe Dyantyi, Damian Willemse, Lukhanyo Am, Selvyn Davids
Defender Of The Year
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Nominees: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi, Werner Kok
Forward Of The Year
Nominees: Malcolm Marx, Siya Kolisi, Kwagga Smith, Pieter-Steph du Toit
Backline Player Of The Year
Nominees: Aphiwe Dyantyi, Damian Willemse, Lukhanyo Am, Zenay Jordaan (Women's 7s)
Fans' Choice Award
Nominees: Hacjivah Dayimani, Werner Kok, Damian Willemse, Warrick Gelant
Players' Player Of The Year
Nominees: Malcolm Marx, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi