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Report: Bath Rugby Annual Awards Dinner

14 May 2015

George Ford did the double at the Bath Rugby Annual Awards Dinner at the Pavilion last night, scooping both Supporters' Player of the Year and Players' Player following an incredible year for both his club and country. 

The awards recognised the contribution of several outstanding individuals in what has been a remarkable season for the Club. 

First up was the Academy Player of the Year award, which went to Charlie Ewels. The second row has had a season to remember, making his first team debut and even captaining the side at senior level at just 19 years of age. His ability and leadership has seen him rewarded with the England U20 captaincy, with whom he lifted the 2015 Six Nations trophy, and in a role he will reprise at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy.

Most Improved Player of the Season went to the loosehead prop Nick Auterac. The 22-year-old has put in some notable displays in his debut season at the Club, impressing many with his power in the scrum and the loose under the tutelage of Neal Hatley. 

Academy hooker Tom Dunn won the Community Player of the Season award, a category in which he has also been nominated for the upcoming Premiership Rugby awards. 

There was also an opportunity to highlight the fantastic work done in the sport at local grassroots level, when the head coach of Chippenham Rugby U15s, Nick Tilley, was given the Spirit of Rugby award for his tireless work with the team. Most importantly, his players and peers emphasised how Nick made the game fun for all - something which made the award more than appropriate.

Three senior players have reached a century of appearances for Bath this season. Dave Attwood, Ross Batty and David Wilson all received framed shirts from their respective 100th appearance for reaching this impressive milestone.

He's crossed the line on ten occasions this season, which means wing Matt Banahan was named Top Try Scorer. The Jersey flyer has Jonathan Joseph and Semesa Rokoduguni one try behind him, so he'll be hoping to extend that lead before the season is out. 

One might have thought the Try of the Season was a foregone conclusion, and indeed it was: openside Francois Louw took the honours for the terrific blend of skill and teamwork shown by Jonathan Joseph, Ross Batty and himself on that unforgettable evening in Toulouse. 

Forward of the Year went to number eight Leroy Houston, whose consistently strong performances have endeared him to all quarters of the rugby world this season. Best Back went to the architect of the Try of the Season, Jonathan Joseph, undoubtedly one of the most exciting players in the European game. 

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