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John Griffiths January 21, 2014
Leigh Halfpenny scooped the prestigious award in 2014 © PA Photos
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What is the Pat Marshall Memorial Award, who is it named after and who has won it? PB, England

Pat Marshall was a noted post-war rugby journalist who contributed to the Daily Mail before becoming the long-term rugby correspondent of the Daily Express. He died in 1975.

The Award that bears his name goes to the game's Personality of the Year chosen by members of the Rugby Union Writers' Club. Marshall served the club as Chairman between 1968 and 1970.

The winners of the Award have been:

1976 - Mervyn Davies
1977 - Andy Irvine
1978 - Gareth Edwards
1979 - JPR Williams
1980 - Bill Beaumont
1981 - Jean-Pierre Rives
1982 - Ollie Campbell
1983 - Dave Loveridge
1984 - Jim Aitken
1985 - Mick Doyle
1986 - Jonathan Davies
1987 - David Kirk
1988 - Bob Norster
1989 - Finlay Calder
1990 - Ian McGeechan
1991 - David Campese
1992 - Nick Farr-Jones
1993 - Ben Clarke
1994 - Francois Pienaar
1995 - Jonah Lomu
1996 - Sean Fitzpatrick
1997 - Lawrence Dallaglio
1998 - Nick Mallett
1999 - Tim Horan
2000 - Pat Lam
2001 - Martin Johnson
2002 - Jonny Wilkinson
2003 - Martin Johnson
2004 - Rob Howley
2005 - Gareth Thomas
2006 - Jason White
2007 - Jason Robinson
2008 - Shane Williams
2009 - Brian O'Driscoll
2010 - Maggie Alphonsi
2011 - Sam Warburton
2012 - Chris Robshaw

The 2013 Award was made to Leigh Halfpenny at the club's annual dinner earlier this month.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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