Canadian accolade for Evan Olmstead
The 26-year-old played six tests for his country during the calendar year as well as enjoying a breakthrough club season with the Falcons.
Olmstead scored tries in his first three pre-season games for the club and went on to appear 15 times in competitive action, playing in both the second row and back row.
Announced as the winner at the Rugby Canada Annual Awards in Vancouver, Olmstead said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award.
“I would like to thank my team-mates and coaches for all of their help, because it is a real team effort, and from a Canadian point of view I am now looking forward to a big June series with the boys.”
Between now and then Olmstead has an instrumental role to play for the Falcons as they enjoy their best Aviva Premiership season in recent years.
The Canadian is the second Newcastle player to win an international award for 2016, with scrum-half Sonatane Takulua named as Tonga’s player of the year after a stellar season for the in-form Ikale Tahi.
The Falcons’ next home game is against Gloucester on Friday April 7, with tickets for the 8pm kick-off available by calling 0871 226 6060 or [**clicking here**.]