Ford and Joseph up for Premiership Rugby Player of the Season

11 May 2015

George Ford and Jonathan Joseph have today been confirmed on the shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season.

Ford and Joseph are among three current England players - along with Saracens' Billy Vunipola - on the five-man shortlist, and they are joined by two Wasps players in Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes.

"As in all other seasons, the task of identifying any single individual performer in the Aviva Premiership is a tough one. This year is no different and the panel has identified some outstanding players. What is so striking this year is the relatively young age of these players," said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby."

"There has been significant investment of time and resource by Premiership Rugby and the RFU, so it isn't surprising to see so many young, talented English players grace this list alongside Fijian Nathan Hughes."

• Elliot Daly - Wasps

• George Ford – Bath Rugby

• Nathan Hughes - Wasps

• Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby

• Billy Vunipola - Saracens

The shortlist was compiled by a panel of media professionals: Ben Coles (Planet Rugby), Mick Cleary (Daily Telegraph), Jill Douglas (Freelance), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Chris Jones (BBC Radio), Stephen Jones (Sunday Times), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Nick Mullins (BT Sport), David Rogers (Getty Images), and Owen Slot (The Times). They were joined by Paul Morgan (Premiership Rugby's Communications Director) who chaired the panel. 

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