The prize went to Northampton Saints’ Ben Foden, ahead of Croft and third-placed Danny Care of Harlequins.
London Irish centre Seilala Mapusua won the Computacenter Players' Player Award 2009.
Damian Hopley, PRA chief executive, said: “My congratulations go to all the nominees and winners, particularly Seilala and Ben, who have excelled for their clubs throughout this season. We were delighted to see so many players and supporters of the PRA attending the dinner, not only to recognise the outstanding talent within the English game, but also to help raise much needed funds for The Players’ Charity, the PRA Benevolent Fund.”
PRA Computacenter Rugby Players’ Awards 2009
Computacenter Players’ Player of the Year: 1 Seilala Mapusua (London Irish), 2 Tom May (Newcastle Falcons), 3 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Sale Sharks)
Norman Broadbent Young Player of the Year – Nick Duncombe Memorial Award: 1 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), 2 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), 3 Danny Care (Harlequins)
O2 Special Merit Award: Mike Catt
HSBC Hall of Fame Induction: Fran Cotton and Jeremy Guscott
The Blyth Spirit Award sponsored by Towergate tlc: Help for Heroes