Old Mutual Wealth England Player of the Year
England's Grand-Slam winning quintet Billy Vunipola, George Kruis, Anthony Watson, James Haskell and Chris Robshaw have all been nominated for the Old Mutual Wealth England Player of the Year.
The Old Mutual Wealth England Player of the Year award is presented to the outstanding player from the 2015-2016 season, as voted for by the England Elite Playing Squad.
The winner will be announced at the RPA Players’ Awards 2016 in association with England Rugby on Wednesday 11 May 2016.
All five played key roles in helping England land their first Grand Slam since 2003.
“It’s always nice to be nominated by your teammates for an award but I think for me it’s not about individual awards it’s about how the team perform and I’m just happy to be in a great team, playing with a great bunch of guys and under really good coaches," said Saracens No 8 Vunipola.
His club team mate Kruis added: “You play the game to gain the respect of your teammates, particularly at the highest level of the sport and I’m very thankful and excited to be recognised alongside four fantastic players.”
Bath wing Watson scored three tries in the 2016 tournament and said he was "honoured to be nominated".
"It’s very inspiring but I have to keep the hard work going now and push on towards Australia in June,” he added.
Wasps back-row forward Haskell said he was "lost for words" to be shortlisted.
He added:"To be nominated alongside such a strong group of players is very flattering and I just hope collectively as a squad we can build on our RBS 6 Nations momentum and play our best brand of rugby down in Australia.”
Harlequins flanker Robshaw said: "I cherish every opportunity I get to wear an England shirt and it’s an honour that the guys who you compete with in week out appreciate the contribution you make to the team.”
The Old Mutual Wealth England Player of the Year
Nominee: Billy Vunipola
Nominee: George Kruis
Nominee: Anthony Watson
Nominee: James Haskell
Nominee: Chris Robshaw