Chase wins Steel race
Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase has been crowned Engage Super League Man of Steel for the 2011 season.
Last Updated: 04/10/11 8:38am
Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase has been crowned Engage Super League Man of Steel for 2011.
The 25-year-old beat off competition from Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins and St Helens hooker James Roby to claim the individual honour which is chosen by a secret ballot of all top-flight players.
He enjoyed a stellar season for the Tigers, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, and recently pledged his future to the club by signing a new deal that runs until the end of the 2015 campaign.
Chase - who arrived in England from St George Illawarra in 2008 - becomes only the second Kiwi to be named Man of Steel, following in the footsteps of Wigan centre Dean Bell.
The New Zealand-born half-back was presented with the award at a gala dinner in Manchester, capping an eventful day for the former Junior Kiwi.
Chase confirmed earlier on Monday that he was switching his international allegiance to England, for whom he qualifies under the residency ruling, ahead of this year's Four Nations tournament.
Also at the ceremony, St Helens scrum-half Jonny Lomax was named young player of the year ahead of club colleague Jamie Foster and Wigan winger Josh Charnley.
It was also a successful night for Catalan Dragons, as they were not only named club of the year but saw Trent Robinson picked up the coach-of-the-year accolade after turning the team from wooden spoonists to a play-off berth.
Leeds president Harry Jepson was presented with the Mike Gregory spirit of rugby league award in recognition of his life-long involvement in the sport.
Hull KR forward Jason Netherton was named community champion for his work with youth and schools groups, while former St Helens scrum-half Sean Long and departing Harlequins captain Rob Purdham were presented with awards to mark their long service to Super League.