D'Arcy has been in outstanding form for his province and country this season and it came as no surprise when he was honoured by his fellow players.

The hard-running centre received the accolade on Wednesday evening at the fifth Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) awards ceremony in Dublin.

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"The season gets better and better for me both personally and for the teams I have played in," said D'Arcy.

"This is the top rugby award in Ireland and I am delighted to have won it for the second time.

"It gives me great pleasure to win this award as it comes from the people I play with and against throughout the season."

The 27-year-old is the first player to win the prestigious award twice. He played a leading role for Ireland as they won their third Triple Crown in four years, and helped Celtic League leaders Leinster reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup.

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