BLUE Bulls scrumhalf Fourie du Preez's stellar performance this year earned him the SA Rugby player of the year award at the annual Saru function at Vodaworld in Midrand last night.
Du Preez, who won the award for the first time in 2006, helped the Bulls lift the prestigious Absa Currie Cup at the weekend.
He also helped the Springboks to their No 1 world ranking in conjunction with the Vodacom Tri-Nations title and victory in the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series.
His teammate, flyhalf Morne Steyn - who also had a phenomenal season - won the players' player of the year award, Vodacom Super 14 player of the year and Test player of the 2009 Lions Series.
Cheetahs sensation Heinrich Brussow won the SA Rugby young player of the year and the provincial player of the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series.