FORMER Australia second row Justin Harrison was on hand to dish out the trophies at Bridport Rugby Club’s annual club dinner and awards presentation evening.

Harrison, 43, made 34 career appearances for the Wallabies from 2001 to 2004 and was a notorious line-out specialist.

Sixty Bridport RFC members were present at the evening, which saw four main awards presented to mark a season in which Bridport finished third in the Dorset & Wiltshire South Two division.

Mitch Waters won team player of the year, while Ollie Levis won young player of the year.

Clubman of the year went to Juniors’ Chairman Julian Hussey and Gareth Thompson won the dubious honour of donkey of the year.

Nathan Herbert and Mike Pibworth also collected ties after reaching 100 appearances for the club last season.

The tone was set for a convivial evening when under-16 James Boulton presented Harrison with a framed picture of Jonny Wilkinson’s famed 2003 World Cup final-winning drop goal – a match in which the 6ft 7in lock played.

Harrison gave a wide-ranging talk after a meal served by Bridport’s under-16s, touching on his early University career in the Northern Territories where he was told he would never be successful at rugby.

Commenting on the upcoming Lions tour of New Zealand, Harrison revealed he would be supporting the British and Irish side and also felt England had a strong chance of winning the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

•Bridport RFC run a touch rugby training session on Thursdays at 7pm at the Brewery Ground.