Central Hawke’s Bay rugby player Ben Carpenter has won the PGG Wrightson Rural Club Player of the Year.
The award is presented annually to a player who is nominated following their representation of one of the non-Napier or Hastings based clubs.
Over the years there have been some big names on the trophy, including All Black Retallick – players who have been the backbone of their club and community.
Ben, who is a school teacher, has been playing for the Otane Sports Club for 5 years, and has had an outstanding season both on and off the field.
Ben also featured on the TV show ‘Second Chance Charlie’ where, through hard work and commitment to his training, made the final 5 participants and represented the Highlanders region.
Judges said Ben was an extremely deserving recipient of the PGG Wrightson Rural Club Player of the Year award.