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Kovsie Alumnus wins SARU rugby player of the year award
2010-11-08

 
Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Photo: Gallo Images

Gurthrö Steenkamp received the prestigious honour to be named the 2010 South African rugby player of the year during the South African Rugby Union (SARU) Awards that were held in Midrand, Gauteng.

Gurthrö, an alumnus of the University of the Free State (UFS), is a former Shimla and Vodacom Cheetahs loose head prop that has represented the Springbok Rugby team in 31 test matches since 2004. Along with fellow Free Stater and former team mate Os du Randt, Gurthrö became only the second front row player in history to win the player of the year award.

Receiving the award this year was no easy task, since Gurthrö had to beat some tough opponents in fellow nominees Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard and Schalk Burger.

The award comes on the heels of a remarkable season for Gurthrö in which he helped the Vodacom Blue Bulls to lift the Super 14 Trophy for the second consecutive occasion as well as turning in some stellar performances for the Springboks.

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