Guinness Premiership awards nominees

Following the conclusion of the league stage of another compelling and competitive season of Guinness Premiership rugby, the nominees for the Guinness Premiership Awards have been announced, with the top four clubs, Leicester Tigers, Harlequins, London Irish and Bath Rugby all well represented.

Leicester Tigers’ Tom Croft is nominated as Guinness Premiership Player of the Season for his performances for the league leaders domestically and in Europe. Croft was a surprise omission from the British and Irish Lions squad, but may still finish the season as a Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership winner.

Chris Robshaw of second placed Harlequins is also nominated after appearing in every one of Harlequins’ Guinness Premiership matches this season, propelling his side into a home semi-final against London Irish and a Heineken Cup quarter-final. Robshaw has made great progress this season, having been nominated for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season award this time last year.

London Irish have two of their players nominated in full back Delon Armitage and centre Seilala Mapusua.


Armitage became an England regular on the back of his performances for the Exiles and is joined by team-mate Mapusua who has played in all but two of his side’s league matches and contributed five tries.

Joe Maddock, who finished the season as the league’s leading try scorer with 11 tries, is also nominated. Maddock has enjoyed his most fruitful season for Bath Rugby and helped them into the semi-final for the second season running.

Players nominated for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season must be 21 years or under on the date of the Guinness Premiership Final to qualify, ruling out a number of young and hugely talented performers.

There is still a wealth of young English talent to choose from with two talented scrum halfs catching the eye of the panel; Ben Youngs from Leicester Tigers and Micky Young from Newcastle Falcons have both been nominated.

Youngs has supported both Julien Dupuy and Harry Ellis at Leicester, but has turned the course of a number of matches when he has taken the field and has played his part in a change in Leicester’s approach since the appointment of Richard Cockerill.

Micky Young has played in over half of Falcons’ matches and helped them to their best run for a decade, mostly in partnership with Tom May.

Harlequins’ Jordan Turner-Hall is nominated after playing in all but one of Quins’ league matches this season. Turner-Hall has claimed three league tries this season and despite being only 21 years old, now has 40 Guinness Premiership appearances to his name.

The young player nominations are completed with two promising wings; Noah Cato of Saracens and London Irish’s Adam Thompstone.

Cato is an England under 20 regular and also has three Guinness Premiership tries to his credit this season. Adam Thompstone’s progress is more stellar, scoring on his debut against Gloucester Rugby in January and going on to score seven league tries in just ten appearances, including a brace against Bristol Rugby at the start of April.

The nominees for Hilton Director of Rugby of the Season are the coaches who guided their clubs to top three finishes, with Richard Cockerill of Leicester Tigers, Dean Richards of Harlequins and Toby Booth of London Irish all being nominated.

Five tries from the 544 scored this season have been selected to vie for the title of Bank of America Try of the Season.


They are as follows:

David Lemi, Bristol Rugby v Bath Rugby, Round 1
Peter Hewat, London Irish v Newcastle Falcons, Round 11
Joe Maddock, Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby, Round 11
Tane Tu’ipulotu, Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers, Round 19
Joe Simpson, Bristol Rugby v London Wasps, Round 21


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