French voted Writers’ Player of the Year

Wigan Warriors full back Bevan French has been voted the Rugby League Writers’ and Broadcasters’ Association Player of the Year for 2020.

The 24-year-old Australian has enjoyed a stellar first full season in the Betfred Super League, scoring 15 tries in 18 games to play a key role in Wigan’s run to the Grand Final.

French scored a try and created two assists in Wigan’s Semi Final win over Hull FC on Thursday night.

French is the overwhelming recipient of the Raymond Fletcher Memorial Trophy, which was won in 2019 by his current Wigan teammate Jackson Hastings.

St Helens prop Alex Walmsley and his teammate, full back Lachlan Coote, were the nearest rivals to French, who is short-listed for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award which will be announced on Monday.

RLWBA chairman, Trevor Hunt, said: “Its been the darkest of times but Bevan French has typified the spirit of Rugby League with some outstanding performances to lift the gloom and spark Wigan to the League Leaders’ Shield and Betfred Grand Final, claiming over 70 per cent of the vote to become the RLWBA Player of the Year.”