We're pleased to announce that the following players have been nominated for the LV= Young Player of the Year Award 2016.
- Elliot Daly – Wasps
- Harry Thacker – Leicester Tigers
- Harry Mallinder – Northampton Saints
- Jack Clifford – Harlequins
- Maro Itoje – Saracens
The LV= Young Player of the Year Award is named in memory of Harlequins and England scrum half Nick Duncombe who tragically died in 2003 from a rare form of blood poisoning, aged just 21. The award is voted for by fellow rugby players and all nominees must be 23 years of age or under at the start of the season.
Comments from our nominees:
Elliot Daly: "The quality of young players in the Premiership is very high at the moment so to be chosen amongst so many other awesome players is an amazing feeling. You play rugby to gain the respect and credit from your teammates so to have their backing for this award is obviously fantastic."
Harry Thacker: "It's an unbelievable feeling and I definitely did not expect my name to be nominated for this award. I'm just happy to play this season and I'm actually quite lost for words that my peers have supported me in this way so I must thank them for putting my name forward."
Harry Mallinder: "Honestly I am absolutely delighted to be nominated and it's a big shock. It's been a great breakthrough season for me but I'm sure there are so many other amazing players up for this award and I'm just grateful to have my name alongside theirs."
Jack Clifford: "I'm very happy to be shortlisted for this award, the depth of young talent in English rugby is outstanding and I think that speaks volumes for the healthy position the Premiership finds its self in today. I'm delighted to be nominated and very thankful for the support shown."
Maro Itoje: "I'm very pleased to be nominated for this RPA award. It's been such a year for me personally but I think my performances have to be credited to this awesome Saracens team. There are so many other quality players at each club in England and I'm thankful and taken aback that I have been chosen as a nominee for this award."
We wish all the nominees the best of luck!
Awards will be presented at the RPA Players' Awards 2016 in association with England Rugby on Wednesday 11 May 2016, at Battersea Evolution in London. To book your place please contact Sam Baring on 020 3053 6670 or sbaring@theRPA.co.uk.