Shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season announced


Premiership Rugby today confirmed the shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season.

Players of five different nationalities, from six different clubs make up the six-man shortlist, one from the England squad that finished second in the recent RBS 6 Nations.

“There were a number of compelling candidates for this prestigious title and it was very difficult to reduce it to a six-man shortlist,” said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby. “I think the panel managed to arrive at a very balanced list, forwards and backs side by side.

“We’ve had an incredible season so far, and the length of the deliberations for the awards reflects the current standard of Aviva Premiership Rugby. The closeness of the matches is reflected in the fact that no one club has more than one player on the shortlist.”

The shortlist for the 2013-14 award is below – but who do you think should be crowned the winner? Vote in our poll:

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8 thoughts on “Shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season announced

  1. Surprised Michael Paterson hasn’t been shortlisted. He’s been superb this season for Sale, arguably better even than Braid imho

  2. Has to be Pennel for me. His form has been consistently outstanding in a frankly underperforming Worcester side. He’s created, scored tries, kicked their penalties and conversions and made more than one try saving tackle. The guy deserves premiership rugby next season.

    1. Totally agree- and to be arguably the best player whilst in the worst team makes it all the more impressive. I know Brown and Foden are ahead in terms of England, and Goode is for his versatility but personally I think Pennell should be ahead of Tait, Watson and Miller for the 15 shirt. Even Daly. And I apparently am president of the Daly fan club given how often I mention him.

  3. Am I the only who doesn’t think Brown should be in here? Completely agree about him getting Player of the Tournament for the 6N, but has he been that good in Aviva games only? Surely someone like Dave Ward should be in with a shout.

  4. I would’ve thought that Brown would be a good bet for this.
    I’ve voted for Burger though. After coming back from a reasonably serious injury, he could be forgiven for not being the player he was, but he has thrown himself right back in making some seriously big hits, and also some great chopping tackles. Getting his head trampled on and his hair pulled, and never taking a backward step.

  5. Can’t see past Burger or Goneva. Burger has been instrumental for Sarries and is the pinnacle of ruggedness. Less than a minute into the season he gets his head stamped on, no retaliation, not even a sub, and just back from serious injury too. He’s like Allianz Park’s very own superman, IMO Sarries most influential player. Very surprised he’s not leading the poll.

    And Goneva has deputised Leicester’s
    midfield brilliantly in Manu’s absence, almost seamlessly too. And whatever position he’s in, he seems to score tries for fun.

    Of the two I voted for Burger, despite being a Leicester fan.

    1. Just like to add that although Brown has been great too, and easily England’s best player in the 6N, I feel most of his standout performances for Quins have been in the Heineken Cup.

  6. Surprised Samu Manoa isn’t getting more votes!! 10 Tries, countless MOM performances & his consistency throughout the season. He doesn’t have a bad game, and he plays nearly every week!

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