EASTERN Rhinos celebrated another successful season with their annual awards presentation, at Colchester Rugby Club.

The Rhinos' senior men's team once again competed in the highly competitive London and South Premier Division.

Despite probably having the youngest and most inexperienced squad of the top teams they qualified for the end of season play-offs, where they were knocked out by West London.

Three Rhinos players - Ceiron Williams, Jesse Fearn and Adam Cook - have been selected for a London and South regional team to play in a competition against other regions this month.

Senior individual award winners: Player of the year: Jack Barbrooke; Players; player of the year: Ceiron Williams; Young player of the year: Rob Oakley;

Most improved Player of the year: Jesse Fearn; Development team player: Eddie Smith.

Michael Anderson was the Eastern Rhinos club man of the year in recognition of his own - and his coaches' - outstanding contribution in developing the club's Primary and Youth sections.

Jack Barbrooke, who is leaving to travel in Australia for two years, was also recognised for his contribution as a player and coach.

It has been an incredible year for the young Rhinos, with the Colchester-based club's players compete in numerous competitions achieving plenty of success.

The young Rhinos, started by Michael Anderson in 2014 with a small group of players, finished their third full season with 70 registered primary and junior players.

Their under-12s finished well within the top ten of the best teams from across the country at the Leeds Rhinos challenge, while their under-11s finished strongly and scooped the coveted fair play award.

The Rhinos have also been a dominant force in the London League, across all three age groups.

The under-11s finished the season as the team to beat and took the Essex Cup with a 2-0 series win against Brentwood Eels.

Rhinos under-13s went to the Junior league semi-final and fell just short against the eventual league winners.

However, they won both London 9s festivals to become the Undisputed London 9s Champions.

Individual award winners, under-nine: Players' player: Harry ''The Hammer" Dines; Most improved: Jed "Jedi" Kneeshaw; Man of Steel: Ben 'The Muscle" Ratcliffe.

Under-11s: Players' player: Jack Roddy; most improved: Dominik Callegari; Man of Steel: Charlie Jones.

Under-13s: Players player: Euan Parke; most improved: Tyler Bedford; Man of Steel: Toby Clinch.

Eastern Rhinos Man of Steel Trophy: Charlie Jones.

Meanwhile, former professional rugby league player Kevin Sinfield made a guest appearance at the club.

The former Leeds Rhinos favourite and England captain hosted a Q&A and meet and greet and also posed for photos and signed autographs, at Colchester Rugby Club.

It was a massive privilege for the Rhinos players to meet an outstanding role model for rugby league.