The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today confirmed the nominees for the LV= Young Player of the Year Award 2015 as voted for by Aviva Premiership players based on performances in domestic rugby this season.
To qualify for the LV= Young Player of the Year Award players must have been 23 or under as of 1st September 2014.
The winner will be announced in front of a host of stars from the world of rugby at The RPA Players’ Awards 2015, to be held at Battersea Evolution, London on Wednesday 13th May.
The first of our nominees is Bath and England fly-half, George Ford. The 22-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season so far and has played an integral part in Bath’s run to the Aviva Premiership play-off places and has already amassed 163 points for the season so far.
The second player nominated is Saracen’s rising star Maro Itoje. Having captained Sarries to victory in the LV= Cup and England U20’s to an IRB Junior World Championship the powerful second row has made a big impression during his breakthrough season.
Bath Rugby centre Jonathan Joseph is this year’s third nominee. With 7 tries in 14 matches Joseph has become an important part of the West-Country clubs potent attack. The 23-year-olds fine form was rewarded with a recall to the England squad for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
The penultimate nominee is Exeter Chiefs’ back Henry Slade. Predominantly used in the number ten role Slade has developed into one of the most promising talents in English rugby. Currently 7th in the top ten point’s scorers for the season Slade has been central to the Chiefs rise up the Aviva Premiership table.
Anthony Watson is this year’s final nominee. The 21-year-old full-back come winger forms part of one of the most formidable back lines in the Aviva Premiership. His dazzling feet have caused problems for defences at both domestic and international level.
The nominations in full are:
LV= YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
George Ford – Bath Rugby
Maro Itoje – Saracens
Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby
Henry Slade – Exeter Chiefs
Anthony Watson – Bath Rugby
Quotes from the LV= Young Player of the Year 2015 nominees:
George Ford, fly-half for Bath Rugby, said: “Winning this award last year gave me an incredible amount of confidence heading into the 2014/15 season and to be nominated again is a fantastic feeling. I’ve been lucky this season to have played in a very determined Bath squad, where we’ve played a really solid style of rugby and one which suits my game perfectly.