The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) is delighted to announce the nominees for the RPA Players’ Player of the Year Award 2015, as voted for by Aviva Premiership players based on performances in domestic rugby this season.
This prestigious award recognises the outstanding talent in English rugby union and the winner will be announced at the RPA Players’ Awards 2015, to be held at Battersea Evolution on Wednesday 13th May.
The first of our five nominees is Bath playmaker George Ford. This is the second year in a row that Ford finds himself nominated for both the Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year Awards. He’s enjoyed a fine season in the blue, white and black and continues to lead Bath’s push for silverware.
Ford’s Bath Rugby team-mate Jonathan Joseph also finds himself nominated for both categories in this year’s event. The dynamic centre has been in blistering form for both club and country during the 2014/15 season and his talents have been duly recognised by his fellow players.
Northampton Saints’ powerhouse, Samu Manoa, is this year’s third nominee. The American born No.8 has been an ever-present in the Saints line-up this season and his eight tries in 19 matches have helped propel the defending champions to the top of the Aviva Premiership.
Newcastle Falcons’ Samoan international Sinoti Sinoti is our penultimate nominee. The flying winger has become a fans favourite at Kingston Park and has been in outstanding form for the North-East club having crossed the whitewash nine times so far this season.
Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom completes the list of nominees following a superb debut season in the West-Country. The marauding No.8 has established himself as a key player at Sandy Park and is currently the Aviva Premiership’s top try scorer with 14 to his name.
The RPA Players’ Player of the Year Award 2015 nominees are:
Quotes from the RPA Players’ Player of the Year Award 2015 nominees:
Bath Rugby playmaker, George Ford, said: “It’s a tremendous feeling to be nominated for this huge award for the second season in a row, especially as it’s voted by all the players in the Aviva Premiership. This season we’ve been playing some brilliant rugby and I strongly believe if we continue to perform at our best, we can deliver success to the Bath rugby community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has and continues to support me throughout my career to date.