Ford, Joseph and Watson shortlisted for RPA awards

5 May 2015

Bath Rugby's George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson have all been shortlisted by their peers for this year's RPA Players' Awards.

Ford and Joseph are both on the shortlist for the RPA Players' Player of the Year Award, whilst all three of Bath's electric backs are contenders for the LV= Young Player of the Year.

Also nominated for Players' Player are Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints), Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) and Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs), whilst Saracen's forward Maro Itoje and Exeter Chief's Henry Slade make up the Young Player list.

Ford said: "It's a tremendous feeling to be nominated for this huge award for the second season in a row, especially as it's voted by all the players in the Aviva Premiership. This season we've been playing some brilliant rugby and I strongly believe if we continue to perform at our best, we can deliver success to the Bath rugby community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has and continues to support me throughout my career to date."

Joseph added: "Obviously to be nominated for the main award at the RPA Players' Awards is a terrific personal achievement and I'm overly humbled to even be considered. However it's my teammates, coaches and family who deserve all the credit. Their support has driven me to push myself to a whole new level this season."

Watson commented: "Obviously I'm absolutely delighted to have been nominated for this award by my peers. However a lot of credit has to go my coaches and team-mates for allowing me to perform this year and express my true ability. The coaches have given me a lot of time throughout the season and their advice has given me so much confidence to perform at my absolute best."

The winner will be announced at the Awards held on Wednesday 13th May.

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