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Premiership Award Nominees Announced
The player and discovery of the year nominations have been announced
Posted May 06, 2011 by Chris White
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With the Premiership season getting ever closer, the nominations for the individual awards have been announced and we take a look at who could be walking away with the awards.
PREMIERSHIP PLAYER OF THE SEASON
Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints). Ashton has had a fantastic season, scoring 10 tries in 16 appearances, and starring in England's Six Nations campaign.
Schalk Brits (Saracens). The South African hooker has been in stunning form this season, chipping in with 30 points.
Brian Mujati (Northampton Saints). Mujati is another Saints player who has had a great season at Franklin's Gardens. The Zimbabwe-born prop has been part of a formidable Saints pack and has been a great signing in his two seasons at Northampton.
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers).Leicester's number 8 has had a phenomenal first season in England, fitting right in with the Tigers side. Waldrom won the club's young player of the year award and has chipped in with 4 tries this season.
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints). The third Saints player in this category, Wood has been outstanding for his club all season, and took that form into the full England side during the Six Nations, playing in all five matches.
DISCOVERY OF THE SEASON
Owen Farrell (Saracens). Son of rugby league legend Andy Farrell, Owen has had a great first season in the Sarries first team, making the position at centre his own, and scoring 155 points this season.
James Gaskell (Sale Sharks).Crowned not just the club's Breakthrough Player of the Year but also the Players' Player of the Year, 20-year old Gaskell has burst into the Sharks first team and looks an established member of the side.
George Lowe (Harlequins). The 22-year old winger has made the position his own this year, contributing 10 tries in 30 appearances having made the breakthrough into the first XV this season
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester). Another young winger who has made a big impact on his side since breaking into the team, Sharples has scored 15 tries in 27 appearances, including 4 against Newport Gwent Dragons.
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers). The youngest of the six brothers, Manu has had an unbelievable season for the Tigers, and has chosen to pledge his allegiances to England - despite nearly being thrown out of the country after VISA problems earlier in the year