Wasps End of Season Awards
Wasps End of Season Awards – The Winners
George Smith added two further trophies to his already-groaning mantelpiece at last night’s Wasps end-of-season awards.
The 111-times capped former Australia captain, who has taken English rugby by storm during his season at the Ricoh, was chosen as player-of-the-season by both his fellow squad members and Wasps’ supporters.
Smith has won any number of man-of-the-match awards in the course of the season, and is on the shortlist for both the RPA players’ player award and the EPRC European player-of-the-year prize.
Sadly for Wasps, 35-year-old Smith leaves the club shortly to return his family to their native Australia prior to taking up a final two-year deal at his former club Suntory in Japan, where the season is much shorter.
Despite his modest, understated manner Smith is no stranger to personal success. During his peak years with the Brumbies he won Super Rugby player-of-the season four times consecutively, and was picked by his teammates as players’ player of the year on eight consecutive occasions.
Smith, who fought off stiff competition from Charles Piutau for the awards, said he was delighted to have been chosen ahead of many possible recipients, and in particular paid tribute to the club’s supporters after receiving their award.
“I’m very honoured to receive the Player’s Player award,” he said. “I know about the legends that have been at this club and to receive this is fantastic.
“With the nominees that we had this season, it could have been a number of players within the squad. We have so many talented players in this team, so I’m very privileged and honoured to receive this award.
“It’s been a really good journey for me to be involved at this club. I didn’t know too much about the history of the club before I came here, but I knew the team had success in the past.
“Being signed by Dai and accepted into the team by all of the players here has been great, I have really enjoyed my time here and I hope to end it on a good note.
“It’s also an honour to win an award voted for by our supporters. When we arrive for each game the support that greets us when we get off the bus is amazing. You can sense the fans behind you when you are on the field and I would like to say thank you for that support which the players really appreciate.”
Elliot Daly’s superb individual score against Leinster at the Ricoh in January was picked as the best try of the season.
George Smith with his Aviva Premiership player-of-the-month trophy for February
Meanwhile, scrum half Dan Robson finished ahead of Elliot Daly and Thomas Young to collect the young player-of-the-year from Coventry Telegraph Editor Keith Perry.
Robson joined Wasps from Gloucester last summer, and had to bide his time on the bench until Joe Simpson’s ankle injury gave him an extended run in the side which he grasped with both hands.
Since then, Robson’s outstanding form has pushed him into consideration for an England Saxons tour place this summer.
Land Rover’s community player award went to Christian Wade for his work on the HITZ programme.
Back-rower Jack Willis won the academy player-of-the season award and kit manager Pudsey Bevan won the Studio club-person-of-the-year prize.
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