Making the grade: Chris Robshaw is in the running for Aviva Premiership Player of the Year
The official shortlist for the Aviva Premiership Player of the Year has been announced, with Harlequins providing two of the six nominees: full-back Mike Brown and captain Chris Robshaw.
Fellow Premiership semi-finalists Leicester are represented by flanker Julian Salvi, Brad Barritt makes the list for his performances for defending champions Saracens, while Gloucester prop Nick Wood and James Scaysbrook, the Exeter flanker, complete the line-up.
The shortlist was compiled by a panel of journalists, including Rugby World deputy editor Alan Pearey, and they also revealed the nominees for the director of rugby award: Exeter’s Rob Baxter, Harlequins’ Conor O’Shea and Richard Cockerill, of Leicester.
The young players involved in the Aviva Premiership have also been recognised with Wasps’ Christian Wade and Joe Launchbury, Owen Farrell of Saracens, London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph, Worcester flanker Matt Kvesic and Luke Wallace of Harlequins all in the running for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season.
That’s who the experts have picked and the winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Tuesday 8 May, but we also wanted to know what you thought. Read the views of our Twitter followers below…
Who is your Aviva Premiership Player of the Year?
The official shortlist has been revealed for this season’s Aviva Premiership Player of the Year – Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown, Julian Salvi, Brad Barritt, Nick Wood and James Scaysbrook making the cut – but Rugby World wanted to know who got your vote…
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@Rugbyworldmag Anthony AllenNathan Hyde
Robshaw…everytime!! @RugbyworldmagLara Moon
@Rugbyworldmag Rob Miller & David Seymour! Huge prospects for English rugby, both have a great eye for the game. #rugby @SaleSharksRugbyRick Offland
@Rugbyworldmag Rob Miller. Been outstanding. Still learning positioning and defence but attack and pace are brilliant. #robmiller4englandAngus Lennon
@Rugbyworldmag steve mafi, and i’m a Saints fan! From Saints, lee dickson.Matt Tyrer
@Rugbyworldmag #rugby Rob Miller Sale Sharks and Christian Wade London Wasps……..Bradley Drysdale Myerscough College AASE #BOOMP L Drysdale
@Rugbyworldmag Ryan Caldwell, Francois Louw and Tom Biggs have all been stand out players this season.Clive Legg
@Rugbyworldmag Rob Miller (stand out fullback this season),he has to be in with a shout for the Internationals this summer?@SaleSharksRugbyJosh Longmore
@Rugbyworldmag from the Tigers, Mafi, Agulla, and Salvileicestertigger
@Rugbyworldmag Interesting that 4/6 are forwards and 3 are back rowers…the changing times of rugby!?Larissa Falls
@Rugbyworldmag Robshaw= work rate, commitment, leadership and desire to win. Deserves to be player of the year! #rugbyAlan Nash
@Rugbyworldmag Have to say surprised @nick10evans not made player of season list. He has been on fire all season. #quinsforpremchampsTim Collins
@Rugbyworldmag Also surprised not to see Gopperth there. He has carried Newcastle all season. If they stay up, due to him. #rugbyunitedTim Collins
@Rugbyworldmag anthony Allen,Christian wade, schalk britzRoghan McMahon