RPA Award winners go head-to-head in RWC Opener

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The 2015 Rugby World Cup is finally upon us and what better way to kick-off this showpiece event than watching England begin their bid for glory under the bright lights of Twickenham Stadium.

As the teams line-up at Rugby HQ one of the most intriguing match-ups will be the reigning RPA Players’ Player of the Year, Jonathan Joseph, taking on the 2014 Players’ Player of the Year, Vereniki Goneva.

Both have been selected at outside centre and both possess the skills to trouble any defence in World rugby. Joseph has the dazzling footwork, yet Goneva is one of the most powerful players in the Aviva Premiership.

Fijian Goneva has demonstrated his devastating finishing for Leicester Tigers on many occasion and Joseph’s flair and creativity was integral to Bath’s push for Premiership glory last season.

Both have earnt the respect of their peers and join a long list of outstanding players to be crowned RPA Players’ Player of the Year. These include former RWC winners, Neil Back (1999), Jason Robinson (2002) and Jonny Wilkinson (2003).

Goneva and Joseph are just two of a host of RPA members who will spend the next six weeks battling it out for the right to be crowned World Champions and we wish them all a successful and injury free Rugby World Cup 2015.

To find out who is crowned RPA Players’ Player of the Year 2016 join us at the RPA Players’ Awards on Wednesday 11th May and celebrate what promises to be a historic year for English rugby.

Tables of 10 and individual places are on sale now and includes a champagne reception, three course meal, a complimentary bar and a legendary after-party that continues long into the night.

Places are also still available for the RPA TAG Heuer Rugby Heroes Dinner on Thursday 15th October at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Contact Sam Baring on sbaring@theRPA.co.uk or 020 3053 6670 to secure your place at these must attend rugby events.