Saracens Alex Goode wins Premiership player of the year award

  • Saracens full-back Alex Goode won the Premiership player of the season
  • Sarries Mark McCall was named director of rugby of the year
  • Maro Itoje was also recognised as the leagues best young player
Alex Goode has been crowned Aviva Premiership player of the season for 2015-16 in an unprecedented hat-trick of awards for Saracens.

The 28-year-old beat team-mate Maro Itoje, Wasps’ Charles Piutau and George Smith and Exeter duo Gareth Steenson and Don Armand to the award.

“Alex Goode has been one of the Premiership’s most consistent performers for a number of seasons, but in this campaign has been hugely influential in Saracens’ success and has produced some of the best form of his career,” said Premiership Rugby director Phil Winstanley.

“Alex’s quick feet, game management, kicking game and exceptional distribution skills have been the platform for a number of Saracens’ victories this season.”

Goode was joined on the player of the season shortlist by Wasps duo George Smith and Charles Piutau, Saracens team-mate Itoje and Exeter’s Gareth Steenson and Don Armand.

Second row Itoje celebrated a stellar season for Saracens and England by being recognised as the competition’s best young player – which follows his European Player of the Year award he claimed last weekend.

Meanwhile, Saracens’ Mark McCall was named director of rugby of the year, while Itoje completed a treble for the club as the best under-23 player.

Sarries play Leicester on Saturday and should they win that play-off semi-final, the London side will be within one match of defending their Premiership title and becoming the first side since Wasps in 2004 to complete a European-domestic double.

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