It should not come as a surprise that England’s rugby players will probably win most nominations for the upcoming RPA awards in May.
The nominees for player of the year have already been announced who are Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes and Owen Farrell.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony that will be held together on Wednesday, 10th May at Battersea Evolution center in London, with England Rugby being the main sponsor.
The three players have been selected as they contributed in a major way to the Old Mutual Wealth series that was held in autumn last year. They have also played pivotal roles in helping England retain their leading position in RBS 6 Nations, where England managed to prove themselves as the best of the pack.
Whilst they all proved to be effective for England, the three players all come from different domestic teams – Farrell plays for Saracens while Lawes is usually slogging his guts out for Northampton. Launchbury was selected from the second row forward line of Wasps to play for England, for the last 12 months and he echoes the sentiment of the other two as well.
All three players feel that it has been a great honour to serve for England and that being nominated showcases their dedication and hard work. All feel that they have gained the opportunity to play with talented players from across the country, and they can’t wait to lay alongside them again – if you facy watching them in the Autumn internationals then click here to see the latest ticket availability.
As well as the Player of the Year Award, there will be several other award categories whose nominations have yet to be unveiled. With the RPA awards being held every year to showcase the best in world rugby, they are fast becoming one of the most prestigious in the industry, with many past and present heroes and teams of rugby the world over attending.
Fans are also able to register for the event, if they have deep enough pockets, with the lucky balloted fans being treated to champagne and complimentary drinks as well as gourmet three course meal, on top of the chance to interact with their rugby heroes (with all proceeds going to the RPA).