Samu Manoa gets presented with the Supporters' Player of the Season awards © Linda Dawson
Club News Manoa doubles up at Saints End of Season Awards
Samu Manoa has become the first player in over a decade to retain the title as Northampton Saints Supporters’ Player of the Season.
The American, also on the short-lists for both the Aviva Premiership Player of the Season and RPA Players’ Player of the Season, has received plenty of plaudits from supporters and pundits alike throughout the Saints’ campaign.
And as well as making a considerable mark with both his try scoring and defensive prowess, Manoa helped the USA qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Manoa received his trophy from Wes Suter of award sponsor Steffans Northampton and Tom Vickers from the Chronicle and Echo, whose readers also voted for the award.
Other awards handed out in front of over 700 guests – a club record at the End of Season Awards Dinner – included the Young Player of the Season, won by Ethan Waller, and Try of the Season, won by Jamie Elliott for his score against Gloucester.
Christian Day took home the Players’ Player of the Season title.
The club also honoured three new Life Members, Tony Travis, Keith Barwell and David Powell, and those members of staff who have worked at the club for over 10 years.
Hosted by former Saint Martin Bayfield, the Awards Dinner, which was sponsored by Matrix Networks, also included the annual presentation of caps and cufflinks to those players who had passed the 50, 100 and 200-appearance marks in the Saints first team.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS AWARDS
Supporters’ Player of the Season (sponsored by Steffans Northampton) Samu MANOA
Players’ Player of the Season (sponsored by Carlsberg UK) Christian DAY
Young Player of the Season (sponsored by Ewing Associates) Ethan WALLER
Try of the Season (sponsored by Trevor Dighton) Jamie ELLIOTT
50-Appearance Caps Jamie ELLIOTT, Mike HAYWOOD, George PISI, Ken PISI
100-Appearance Cufflinks Calum CLARK, Alex WALLER
200-Appearance Cufflinks Stephen MYLER
Life Members Keith BARWELL, David POWELL, Tony TRAVIS