Northampton Saints stars Cobus Reinach and Rory Hutchinson have today been nominated for gongs at this season's Rugby Players Association (RPA) Awards.
With both players excelling on the Gallagher Premiership stage this season, scrum-half Reinach is on the shortlist of five players for the RPA Players' Player of the Year, while centre Hutchinson is in the running to be named the Sanlam Young Player of the Year.
One of the highest accolades in the English game, the RPA Players' Player of the Year Award recognises the outstanding player of the domestic season as voted for by the players, and other nominees include Danny Cipriani, Santiago Cordero, Faf de Klerk, and Henry Slade.
Reinach said: “I am really humbled and honoured by this special nomination. I feel incredibly blessed for the support and I wish the other nominees the very best of luck.”
Meanwhile the Sanlam Young Player of the Year Award recognises the outstanding young player of the domestic season, as voted for by the players. Nominees must be 23 years or younger at the start of the season, and the shortlist also contains Joe Cokanasiga, Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, and Ollie Thorley.
Hutchinson said: “This is a huge honour to be nominated for this award, especially with the wealth of young talent we currently have in the Premiership. It’s a special feeling to have the support of my peers and it will definitely inspire me to continue improving.”
Both awards will be presented at the RPA Awards 2019 on Wednesday 8th May at the home of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium.