Ireland captain Paul O'Connell named 2015 Six Nations player of the tournament
Last Updated: 27/03/15 9:07pm
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been named 2015 Six Nations player of the tournament a week after lifting the trophy.
Joe Schmidt's side retained their title in dramatic circumstances with a 40-10 victory in Scotland ensuring they stayed top of the table on points difference by six.
At the age of 35, Munster lock O'Connell was instrumental in the success and won his 100th cap in the 23-16 defeat in Wales - Ireland's only defeat of the championship.
He beat fellow British & Irish Lions second row Alun-Wyn Jones of Wales into second place, while emerging Irish centre Robbie Henshaw was voted third best.
When you see the names that have gone before, you realise what a great honour it is. I'm very grateful for all the supporters who voted for me.
O'Connell said: "I'm delighted to receive the RBS Player of the Championship Trophy. When you see the names that have gone before, you realise what a great honour it is. I'm very grateful for all the supporters who voted for me."
A statement on the Six Nations website read: "Less than a week after lifting the RBS 6 Nations trophy Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been awarded the RBS Player of the Championship. Securing over 26% of the public vote the Ireland number 5 received the backing of 18,842 fans.
"This unique shortlist is decided through a combination of match statistics, analysing the best performing players across a set range of criteria, and a public vote.
"The combination of the two processes should ensure the 12 man shortlist is a true reflection of the greatest players throughout the Championship."