Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth has completed an incredible hat-trick of rugby awards as he was named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season at the annual awards in London.
Gopperth had already won his club’s Player of the Season title before lifting the Rugby Players’ Association gong prior to this evening.
The Kiwi born fly-half helped Wasps climb to first place in the league by scoring 266 points which included nine tries.
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “It’s difficult to put into words just how valuable Jimmy has been for our squad, both on and off the pitch. We all know he is a quality fly-half, but his ability to play 10, 12, 13 and even a couple of games at full-back for us this season has really helped the side.”
“Jimmy always puts the team before himself and he’s always played at a very high standard in every position he’s played. He’s a real club man and a quality player who deserves all the accolades he’s got this season. He’s also one of the most modest guys you could meet, really hard working and a real leader around the camp.
“The team is the most important thing to him and he’s a role model to the younger guys coming through. We’re really pleased for Jimmy and he thoroughly deserves all the awards he’s won.”
The Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season was not the only award Gopperth picked up at the star-studded awards ceremony as his sensational score against Northampton Saints in Round Four was selected as the Citizen Try of the Season.
Not to be outdone following praise of Gopperth, Dai Young himself also won the accolade for Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season.
The Land Rover Discovery of the Season award was fought out between several high performing youngsters with Tigers’ prop Ellis Genge emerging triumphant.