Harry Wilson wins back-to-back Pilecki Medals

Tue, Jun 13, 2023, 12:00 PM
Reds Media Unit
by Reds Media Unit
Harry Wilson claimed back-to-back Pilecki Medals at the Queensland Reds’ end of season awards dinner.
Harry Wilson claimed back-to-back Pilecki Medals at the Queensland Reds’ end of season awards dinner.

Queensland Reds backrower Harry Wilson has claimed back-to-back Stan Pilecki Medals after a stellar Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific campaign in 2023.
 


The 23-year-old becomes the ninth Queenslander to win multiple Players' Player awards, while he also joins Taniela Tupou, Samu Kerevi, Liam Gill, Will Genia, David Croft, Chris Latham and Jason Little in winning the medal in consecutive years.
 


Wilson featured in all 15 of Queensland’s fixtures in 2023, scoring five tries and leading the competition in carries (211).
 


Clubmate and Wilson’s backrow partner Fraser McReight finished second in the count, while injury cruelled Jordan Petaia’s chances of claiming a maiden Pilecki Medal, the outside back finishing in third.
  


 Co-captains Tate McDermott and Liam Wright rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
 


Wilson was awarded the medal at the Queensland Reds’ end of season awards dinner at South Bank’s Emporium Hotel, with a number of other players also recognised for their achievements throughout the season.
  


 Tom Lynagh was named Queensland’s Rookie of the Year after a breakout season in the number-10 jersey.
 


The 20-year-old played 12 games in his debut season, starting on five occasions including Queensland’s narrow quarter-final loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton last weekend.
 


Lynagh scored 51 points off the tee in 2023 and joins the likes of Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell, Harry Wilson, Ryan Smith and Lawson Creighton as recipients of the Rookie of the Year award.
 


Hooker Matt Faessler was recognised as the player who best embodies the Spirt of the Reds, continuing his rise in Queensland Rugby after debuting last season.
 


Queensland Rugby Union also celebrated the six players to debut for the Reds in 2023 – Lynagh, Peni Ravai, Jake Upfield, Taj Annan, George Blake and Paddy James.
  


 Sef Fa’agase, Jock Campbell, Wilson, McReight, Jordan Petaia and Angus Blyth were recognised after notching their 50th Queensland cap during the season.
 


2023 Queensland Reds award winners
Pilecki Medal – Harry Wilson 
Rookie of the Year – Tom Lynagh 
Spirit of the Reds – Matt Faessler 
Pilecki Medal Count
  1. Harry Wilson (268 votes)
  2. Fraser McReight (234 votes)
  3. Jordan Petaia (208 votes)
  4. Tate McDermott (191 votes)
  5. Liam Wright (187 votes)
  6. Filipo Daugunu (134 votes)
  7. Josh Flook (129 votes)
  8. Suliasi Vunivalu (126 votes)
  9. James O'Connor (115 votes)
  10. Matt Faessler (64 votes)

2023 Queensland debutants
  • Tom Lynagh – Queensland representative #1379
  • Peni Ravai – Queensland representative #1380
  • Jake Upfield – Queensland representative #1381
  • Taj Annan – Queensland representative #1382
  • George Blake – Queensland representative #1383
  • Paddy James – Queensland representative #1384

2023 Queensland milestones
  • Sef Fa’agase – 50th Queensland cap
  • Jock Campbell – 50th Queensland cap
  • Harry Wilson – 50th Queensland cap
  • Fraser McReight – 50th Queensland cap
  • Jordan Petaia – 50th Queensland cap
  • Angus Blyth – 50th Queensland cap

Pilecki Medal History
 

  • 2023 – Harry Wilson
 (268 votes)
  • 2022 – Harry Wilson (281 votes)
  • 
 2021 – Taniela Tupou (273 votes)
  • 
 2020 – Taniela Tupou (302 votes)

  • 2019 – Samu Kerevi (301 votes)

  • 2018 – Samu Kerevi (191 votes)
  • 
 2017 – George Smith (278 votes)
  • 
 2016 – Liam Gill (282 votes)

  • 2015 – Liam Gill (420 votes)
  • 
 2014 – James Slipper (239 votes)

  • 2013 – Jake Schatz (269 votes)

  • 2012 – James Slipper (272 votes)

  • 2011 – Will Genia (263 votes)
  • 
 2010 – Will Genia (209 votes)
  • 
 2009 – Digby Ioane (253 votes)

  • 2008 – David Croft (195 votes)

  • 2007 – David Croft (188 votes)

  • 2006 – Rodney Blake (186 votes)

  • 2005 – Nathan Sharpe

  • 2004 – Chris Latham

  • 2003 – Julian Huxley
  • 
 2002 – Chris Latham

  • 2001 – Toutai Kefu

  • 2000 – Chris Latham

  • 1999 – Chris Latham
  • 
 1998 – Daniel Herbert
  • 
 1997 – John Eales

  • 1996 – Jason Little
  • 
 1995 – Jason Little

  • 1994 – Matthew Pini

  • 1993 – Rod McCall
  • 
 1992 – Peter Slattery

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