The Rugby Players Association has confirmed a three-man list of nominees for the England Player of the Year award.
The three nominees are Northampton’s Courtney Lawes, Wasps’ Joe Launchbury and Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell.
The three were all involved England’s recent retention of the Six Nations, as well as contributing to the side’s record-equalling winning run, and all will have at least one eye on Warren Gatland’s Lions squad, which is due to be announced in just over a week.
Speaking of his nomination, fly-half Farrell spoke highly of his teammates and his pride at the honour of being uo for the award:
“To be nominated by the guys you wear the England shirt with is a massive honour and I’m extremely thankful for their support.
“Playing rugby you want to gain the respect of your teammates and it’s a privilege to represent them with this nomination.”
Lauchbury also paid tribute to his fellow players, expressing gratitude that they had thought highly enough of him to nominate him:
“It’s a huge honour to be nominated by my England teammates and hopefully it reflects the hard work and dedication I have put in this season.To have the recognition and support from my peers is wicked.”
And finally, Lawes simply echoed the sentiments of his fellow nominees, delighted that he had been singled out due to his form over the past twelve months:
“It’s a special feeling to be nominated by your peers and I have really enjoyed being part of the team this year.
“We’ve had a very successful 12 months and it’s a privilege to play with such talented players.”
The winner will be announced at the Rugby Players’ Association awards on May 10th.