Powell and Chase selected as top personalities

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers coach Daryl Powell and Castleford Tigers half-back Rangi Chase have been selected as two of the five personalities of the year in the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-2012.

Powell (pictured) said: “I am amazed. I didn’t expect this at all. In reality this accolade goes to all the people who work so hard in all sorts of capacities at Rovers and the brilliant people I’ve had alongside me throughout my career.”

Under Powell’s guidance, Rovers won the Co-operative Championship Grand Final last season and lifted the League Leaders’ Shield for the second successive year.

New Zealand-born Man of Steel Chase had an outstanding season with Castleford and made his England debut in the Four Nations Series.

The other individuals judged by the book editors to have made the biggest impact on rugby league in 2011 were Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins, the retired Australia captain Darren Lockyer and Leeds coach Brian McDermott who steered the Rhinos to the Super League title.

The Yearbook, published by League Publications Ltd, has hit the shelves barely two weeks after the 2011 season concluded with the Four Nations final.

Now in its 16th year and firmly established as the successor to the Rothmans Yearbook, it contains the full story of the domestic year, details of the international season and the Australian NRL season and match facts for every fixture in 2011.