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Boer named as Premiership Player of the Season

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Other highly commended players included Boer's Gloucester team-mate Ludovic Mercier, Andrew Blowers of Northampton Saints and Richard Hill of Saracens.

Boer joined Gloucester after being named London Irish's Player of the Season 99/00. A bullocking South African who took a while to settle but has since earned the respect of players and fans alike with his honesty and commitment to the Gloucester cause.

His desire to win and his never-say-die attitude combined with strong tackling has won many admirers. Boer captained Gloucester to win this season's Powergen Cup and will be a key man in Gloucester's plans for the Zurich Premiership Final May 31 at Twickenham against Wasps.

Boer will receive the trophy at Kingsholm on Wednesday, May 27 at Kingsholm and is also in the running for another award – the Zurich Premiership Supporters' Player of the Season – the winner of which will be decided by the public on the official Zurich Premiership site.

Also in the running are Elvis Seveali'i (Bath), Daryl Gibson (Bristol Shoguns), Cameron Mather (Leeds Tykes), Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers). Paul Sackey (London Irish), Simon Shaw (London Wasps), Tony Diprose (NEC Harlequins), Jamie Noon (Newcastle Falcons), Paul Grayson (Northampton Saints), Richard Hill (Saracens), and Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks).

Winning this accolade is almost certain to give credence to the growing demand for Boer to be recognised by the national selectors in his native South Africa, manager Rudi Straeuli hinting earlier this year that outstanding expatriate players could come into his Springbok plans.

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