Catch up in the Rugby week that was: May 9-15..

Saints boys - Jim Mallinder winning director of rugby and Tom Wood picking up player of the season

The end of season is nigh, only meaning one thing… Awards galore …

Magners League Award winners 2010/11

COACH OF THE SEASON – Tony McGahan (Munster)
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD – Alan Quinlan (Munster)
TRY OF THE SEASON – Ashley Beck (Ospreys)
GILBERT GOLDEN BOOT – Ronan O’Gara (Munster)

Aviva Premiership Award winners 2010/2011:

Brendan Ventor and Steve Borthwick reminisce about times gone by...

Player of the Season: Tom Wood (Northampton)
The Land Rover discovery of the season: Manu Tuilagi (Leicester)
QBE Director of Rugby of the season: Jim Mallinder (Northampton)
The MBNA Try of the Season: Schalk Brits (Saracens)
Guinness Top try of the season: Alesana Tuilagi (Leicester)

The list of 2011 RPA award nominees are…

Sam Warburton to captain Wales side to take on Barbarians on 4th June

You wouldn’t be wrong in having to look twice at the teams playing in the premiership final at the end of the month, just like last year Leicester tigers and Saracens will meet at Twickenham to decide who will be the premiership winners…

However on the way Tigers wonder kid Manu Tuilagi couldn’t quite keep his hands to himself and could be cited for a punch thrown at Chris Ashton during the premiership semi-final against Saints

Andy Powell is no longer homeless, well club-less. He shall be heading north and joining Sale Sharks… Who got into the Spring fever and had a massive player clear-out with 21 players leaving

Thoughts from all around the rugby world go to former World Cup winning Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen after he was recently diagnosed with a degenerative neural muscle illness, similar to that off Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Staying south of the border with some shocking Super XV news, the Cheetahs beat the Crusaders 33-20 You can watch the highlights here…

Week in Review: May 2 – 8