Premiership Rugby Awards 2014

At a swanky do at the Park Lane Hilton last Thursday evening, this season’s Premiership Rugby awards were announced, Mike Brown claiming top honours as the Aviva Premiership Rugby ‘Player of the Season’. The Harlequins and England full-back has been in blistering form this year, arguably the stand-out 15 in the northern hemisphere, and added the accolade to his 6 Nations ‘Player of the Championship’ and QBE Internationals ‘Man of the Series’ awards to cap off an exceptional year.

Saracens and England no.8 Billy Vunipola scooped the The Land Rover Discovery of the Season award, which goes to the best player aged 23 years or under, following in the footsteps of Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Joe Launchbury. Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, was on hand to present Vunipola with his award and said: “Billy has had an outstanding season with Saracens and is fully deserving of his award. At Land Rover we are proud to support rugby at all levels, from grassroots all the way up to the elite game. Identifying players who make a contribution, as Billy has this season, is incredibly important.”

Billy+Vunipola+Saracens+v+Cornish+Pirates+2zgOQBDoo5RlThe try of the season award went to Northampton winger Jamie Elliott, who finished off an astonishing move against Gloucester that saw George North run from the Saints 22, skip and weave through three tackles and offload to Foden, a quick juggle by the full-back before he found Calum Clark, who neatly put Elliott in space to run in from 40m out. Here’s the try and the others that made the shortlist:

Quins no.8 Nick Easter landed himself two awards: ‘Game Changer of the Season’ – for a monstrous performance against the Tigers, which included 18 tackles, 63 metres gained and 19 carries – and ‘Forward of the Year’ for leading far too many stats across the season to list here.

The full list of winners is:

Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season
Winner: Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Land Rover Discovery of the Season
Winner: Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season
Winner: Mark McCall (Saracens), who retained his award after Saracens scored the most points in Premiership history (87).

ITV Sport Try of the Season
Winner: Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints) v Gloucester Rugby

Gatorade Game Changer of the Season
Winner: Nick Easter (Harlequins)

Aviva Community Player of the Season
Winner: Dean Schofield (Worcester Warriors), for his work with the SIFA Fireside project, where players serve breakfast to homeless people in Birmingham

Pol Roger Top Try Scorer of the Season
Winner: Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers) – 12 tries

Gilbert Golden Boot
Winner: George Ford (Bath Rugby) – 235 points

BT Sport Dream Team
Mike Brown (Harlequins); Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby); Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers); Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dave Ward (Harlequins), Logovi’i Mulipola (Leicester Tigers), Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Dan Braid (Sale Sharks), Jacques Burger (Saracens), and Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

Green Flag Forward of the Year
Winner: Nick Easter (Harlequins)

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