George Smith, Charles Piutau, Nathan Hughes, Andy Goode and Thomas Waldrom are on the Rugby Players’ Association’s Player of the Year shortlist
Maro Itoje, Harry Thacker, Harry Mallinder and Jack Clifford made the young Player of the Year shortlist
Wasps trio George Smith, Charles Piutau and Nathan Hughes feature on the Rugby Players’ Association’s Player of the Year shortlist alongside Newcastle No.10 Andy Goode and Exeter’s Thomas Waldrom.
Waldrom is the Aviva Premiership’s top try-scorer and won the RPA award in 2011 while veteran fly-half Goode came out of retirement mid-season and literally kicked Dean Richards’ Newcastle to safety before then hanging up his boots for the second time.
— The RPA (@theRPA) May 3, 2016
The RPA has also unveiled the Young Player of the Year shortlist with Wasps’ Elliot Daly, Saracens’ Maro Itoje, Leicester’s Harry Thacker, Northampton’s Harry Mallinder and Harlequins’ Jack Clifford making the cut. All five youngsters contenders to play for England in their tour of Australia this summer.