Jimmy Gopperth wins RPA player of the year award

Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth has been named players' player of the year by the RPA
Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth has been named players' player of the year by the RPA
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Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has been announced as the Rugby Player Association's Player of the Year following his consistent performances this season for the Aviva Premiership club.

Gopperth, who has represented Hurricanes, Newcastle Falcons and Leinster before switching to Ricoh Arena in 2015 has amassed 266 points this season that included nine tries, 61 conversions and 33 penalties as Wasps went on to top the table and sealed a home play-off spot.

Bath's Zach Mercer clinched the young player of the year award while All Blacks legend Dan Carter was inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame at Wednesday night's annual dinner in Battersea.

"I'm very humbled and surprised to win this award and I am even more proud of the recognition shown by my fellow players," Gopperth said.

"I am very lucky to be a part of such a driven and successful club and my team-mates deserve this award as much as I do.

"I'm sure I will look back at this moment down the track and be extremely proud."

England player of the year award went to Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell while Tamara Taylor and Nick Easter won the women's player of the year and the 2017 RPA special merit award respectively.

Aviva Premiership Rugby 2016/17 - Points Table