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Last Updated: Friday, 16 May, 2003, 18:43 GMT 19:43 UK
Paterson named top player
Chris Paterson shone for Scotland in the Six Nations
Chris Paterson shone for Scotland in the Six Nations
Edinburgh's Chris Paterson has been named Scotland supporters' player of the year at the Scottish Rugby Awards.

Paterson was outstanding in this season's Six Nations games against Wales and Italy, against whom he scored the try of the year, and was linked with a host of Zurich Premiership clubs before signing a new deal with Edinburgh.

He said: "I'm really delighted to be winning these awards.

"The fact that player of the year has been voted for by the supporters makes it all the more special.

"I know how hard the boys around me on the team work so I feel very honoured about being chosen in both the player and the try categories."

Former Scotland international Andy Nicol was inducted into the Scottish Rugby Union Hall of Fame after announcing his retirement from the game.

The ex-international captain has now taken up coaching duties with Currie for next season.

Boroughmuir management team Iain Paxton and Glasgow-bound Sean Lineen were jointly awarded the coach of the year award after winning another BT Premiership title.

Todd Blackadder, Glenn Metcalfe and Tanner Vili won the player of the year awards for their respective professional clubs - Edinburgh, Glasgow and Borders.

Heriot's star Craig Harrison won the BT Premiership's player's player of the year and Dundee HSFP were awarded team of the year award after winning the Premiership Three title and the BT Shield this season.

There was also a lifetime achievement prize for BBC commentator Bill Johnstone.




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