May 11, 2015
Billy nominated for top Premiership award
Premiership Rugby today confirmed the shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season with Saracens Billy Vunipola among the nominees.
Three current England players, Jonathan Joseph, Billy Vunipola and George Ford are amongst the five-man shortlist, joined by two from Wasps, Nathan Hughes and Elliot Daly who look certain to wear the Red Rose in the coming seasons.
"As in all other seasons, the task of identifying any single individual performer in the Aviva Premiership is a tough one. This year is no different and the panel has identified some outstanding players. What is so striking this year is the relatively young age of these players,” said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.
"There has been significant investment of time and resource by Premiership Rugby and the RFU, so it isn't surprising to see so many young, talented English players grace this list alongside Fijian Nathan Hughes.”
The shortlist was compiled by a panel of media professionals –Ben Coles (Planet Rugby), Mick Cleary (Daily Telegraph), Jill Douglas (Freelance), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Chris Jones (BBC Radio), Stephen Jones (Sunday Times), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Nick Mullins (BT Sport), David Rogers (Getty Images), and Owen Slot (The Times). They were joined by Paul Morgan (Premiership Rugby's Communications Director) who chaired the panel.