4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
Voted for by members of the Irish sporting media, Munster full-back Payne has followed in the footsteps of Christian Cullen (October) and Denis Leamy (December) by claiming the award for April.
The 33-year-old Payne has put in a number of outstanding performances in the closing stages of the League this season, running his try-tally up to 5 in 18 games, and posing a contast treat from the rear.
Guinness Brand Manager Ronan Beirne said: "Congratulations to Shaun on picking up the last Guinness Draught Can award for this season. His form of late has been outstanding for Munster.
"Shaun joins a list of truly top class rugby players that have been honoured over the Celtic League campaign for 2004/05, and I hope this award is a welcome boost for him in the run-up to the Celtic Cup final at Lansdowne Road on Saturday."