Alex Mitchell named Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month

Northampton's Alex Mitchell
Northampton's Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell was today named Gallagher Player of the Month for November, and acclaimed as the “heartbeat” of the Northampton Saints by Ugo Monye.

The scrum-half has been a key figure in Northampton Saints surge into the Gallagher Premiership Rugby top four and Monye said: “When you look at Northampton Saints in detail, Alex Mitchell seems like the heartbeat and catalyst. They’re such an aesthetically pleasing team to watch, but there’s also been real productivity and outcome from their style of play which is very effective.

“I think he’s been a key contributor in it, be that from his set-piece play or just adding tempo into the game, he seems to get their team ticking. If you look at all the teams in the top four, the common denominator is that all their half-backs are playing well.”

The Saints lie third in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table, having scored an impressive 35 tries and Monye, the BT Sport pundit and Gallagher ambassador added: “The big thing for Northampton this season is they’ve brought together all the key elements of their game, which they’ve been working hard on over the last couple of years. They’ve started the season brilliantly well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continued like that later into the season.

“The biggest compliment you can give Mitchell is that he’d have been disappointed not to have played a more significant role in the Autumn Nations Series, but he’s gone back to his club and bounced back really well.”

Club liaison for Northampton Saints and MD of Gallagher’s Leicester branch Chris Noah, said: “It’s great to see Alex Mitchell named Gallagher Player of the Month for the integral role he has played in an increasingly commanding and confident Saints side that has well and truly earned its top three spot. With his bursts towards the line, deft little dummies and masterful passing, you’ll always find Alex at the centre of the action and typically helping his team-mates over the line.

“He has certainly ensured there has been lots for local supporters to savour of late at Franklin’s Gardens, and fans can now turn their focus and expectations to the Big Game post-Christmas clash with Harlequins on the hallowed turf of Twickenham. Congratulations Alex!”

As part of his prize for being named Gallagher Player of the Month, Mitchell wins a shirt signed by the whole Northampton Saints squad and framed by Gallagher to gift to a charity of his choice, to help them raise funds for their chosen cause. Alex has chosen Niamh’s Next Step (

Mitchell was judged by a panel of experts as the player who made the biggest impact in Gallagher Premiership Rugby in November 2021.

Mitchell was voted for by a panel of media professionals based on his performances in October 2021, alongside a public poll on the Premiership Rugby app. The judges were: Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Gavin Mairs (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Hugh Godwin (I), Andrew Baldock (Press Association), Bobby Bridge (Coventry Telegraph), John Everly (Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle) Jill Douglas (Broadcaster), Craig Swayne (@BallcarrierRugby), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN). The panel was chaired by Paul Morgan, Premiership Rugby's Communications Director.

Winners in the 2021-22 season

November – Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)
October – George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
September – Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)

Winners in the 2020-21 season

May – Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
April – Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
March- Danny Care (Harlequins)
February – Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
January – Piers O’Conor (Bristol Bears)
December – Alfie Barbeary (Wasps)
November – Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

Winners in the 2019-20 season

August – Jack Willis (Wasps)
May– Paul Hill and Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)*
April - Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) *
March – Jamal Ford-Robinson (Gloucester Rugby)*
February – Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears)
January – Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)
December - Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby)
November – Tom O’Flaherty (Exeter Chiefs)

* Gallagher ran public polls while play was suspended to nominate a ‘Community Player of the Month’ in recognition of inspiring off-pitch performances made by players during lockdown to support their local communities and boost the morale of the wider rugby community.

Winners in the 2018-19 season

April – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)
March – Santiago Cordero (Exeter Chiefs)
February – Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
December – Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints)
November – Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
October – Alex Goode (Saracens)
September – Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby)

Winners in the 2017-18 season

April – Vereniki Goneva (Newcastle Falcons)
March – Joe Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
February – Jack Willis (Wasps)
December – Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors)
November – Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester Rugby)
October – Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
September – Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Winners in the 2016-17 season

April – Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby)
March – Christian Wade (Wasps)
February – James Short (Exeter Chiefs)
December – Tom Varndell (Bristol Rugby)
November – Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers)
October – Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
September – Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)

Winners in the 2015-16 season

April – Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints)
March – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)
February – George Smith (Wasps)
January – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
December – Maro Itoje (Saracens)
November – Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
October – Nick Evans (Harlequins)

Winners in the 2014-15 season

April – Joe Simpson (Wasps)
March – Elliot Daly (Wasps)
February – Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
January – Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
December – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
November – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
October – Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
September – Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

Winners in the 2013-14 season

April – Chris Ashton (Saracens)
March – Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
February – Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)
January – Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
December – Nick Easter (Harlequins)
November - George Ford (Bath Rugby)
October – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
September – Jacques Burger (Saracens)

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