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'I couldn't have done this without them' - Richie Mo'unga thanks Crusaders teammates for Rugby Awards success

Crusaders first-five Richie Mo'unga was quick to credit his teammates, named the Super Rugby Player of the Year at last night's New Zealand Rugby Awards in Auckland.

Mo'unga, 24, was named as Super Rugby's best, beating teammate Matt Todd and Solomon Alaimalo of the Chiefs, helping the Crusaders to a second straight title.

Speaking to media after receiving his prize, Mo'unga said that his success was down to the work of the rest of his team.

"I guess this is just a big appreciation for the team," he began.

"What they've done for me, I couldn't have done this without them.

"It's been an awesome year for myself and the lads too."

Mo'unga also spoke about his other feats achieved in 2018, including making his much anticipated All Blacks debut.

"It's everything I dreamed of.

"For it to pan out like it did this year - a lot of hard work goes in behind the scenes, what people don't see, coaches and people around me, a lot of reward goes back to them too.

"So far in my life, I'd say this has been a breakout year for me. To be able to put on the black jumper has been a huge honour for me this year."

The Canterbury first-five took home Super Rugby player of the year. Source: 1 NEWS


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