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