England centre Emily Scarratt wins Player of the Year at World Rugby Awards

Emily Scarratt didn't miss a single kick in the match against France (PA Images)
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England centre Emily Scarratt has been named player of the year at the World Rugby Awards in Japan.

The 29-year-old was in the starting line-up for all but one of the Red Roses' Grand Slam-winning Six Nations victories.

And Scarratt, who beat teammates Katy Daley-McLean and Sarah Bern to the coveted prize, believes the re-implementation of professional contracts for the England Women's team has played a major part in their success.

She said: "We got professional contracts that gave some of the girls that had not been part of the sevens team the chance to train full-time. As everyone knows that makes such a huge difference.

"We don't chase after individual accolades in a team sport, but it's pretty cool for sure."

The men's award was won by Pieter-Steph du Toit, who was a part of the South Africa side that beat England in the World Cup Final.