May 05, 2015
Young gun Itoje up for RPA award
Saracens lock forward Maro Itoje has been nominated for the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) LV= Young Player of the Year Award 2015, as voted for by Aviva Premiership players based on performances in domestic rugby this season.
To qualify for the LV= Young Player of the Year Award players must have been 23 or under as of 1st September 2014.
The winner will be announced in front of a host of stars from the world of rugby at The RPA Players’ Awards 2015, to be held at Battersea Evolution, London on Wednesday 13th May.
Alongside George Ford, Jonathan Joesph, Henry Slade and Anthony Watson, Saracens' young forward is up the award having captained Sarries to victory in the LV= Cup and England U20’s to an IRB Junior World Championship. The powerful second row has made a big impression during his breakthrough season in which he also lifted the Premiership A-League title.
Maro Itoje, said: “I’m extremely honoured to be nominated for this award, an award which recognises the best young talent in one of the best domestic rugby leagues in the world. The Aviva Premiership is such a strong and exciting competition and to be nominated out of so many rising stars, will no doubt push me to want to achieve even more.”
The nominations in full are:
- George Ford – Bath Rugby
- Maro Itoje - Saracens
- Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby
- Henry Slade – Exeter Chiefs
- Anthony Watson – Bath Rugby