The Rugby Players’ Association is pleased to announce that The Sunday Times England Women’s Player of the Year Award 2014 will be presented at the RPA Computacenter Players’ Awards on Wednesday, May 21, at Battersea Evolution.
The Sunday Times England Women’s Player of the Year award recognises the tremendous talent in England women’s rugby and is presented to the player deemed to have had the most outstanding season. The award has been voted for by the England Women’s EPS squad.
The three nominees are: Rachael Burford, Rochelle Clark and Emily Scarratt.
Rachael Burford has enjoyed an outstanding season, reaching 50 test caps and being named player of the match in England’s 40-20 victory over France last November. The Thurrock centre has also taken up the role of Rugby Community Coach, working for the RFU in Kent.
As for veteran prop Rochelle Clark, the nomination recognises another solid season for the 32-year-old, who first made her England debut in 2003. Clark won her 90th cap against Wales this year, making her the most capped member of the current squad, just 10 caps shy of former teammate Amy Garnett.
Joining her fellow nominees is Emily Scarratt, winner of the inaugural award for England Women’s Player of the Year in 2013. The utility back has had another prolific season in an England shirt, playing in all five 6 Nations matches, and earning her 50th cap against Italy.
All three nominees have the opportunity to continue their good form when the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup kicks-off in Paris this August.
The nominees for The Sunday Times England Women’s Player of the Year Award 2014 are:
Reaction from the nominees:
Rachael Burford said: “I’m really happy to be up for The Sunday Times England Women’s Player of the Year Award 2014, as anyone would be, but to be nominated by your peers is really special and makes it one that you will always remember. There are many people I would like to thank but without a doubt I wouldn’t be up for this award if it wasn’t for my peers so I must thank them.