Chris Robshaw

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…

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