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George Smith Crowned 'Player Of The Year' at Battersea Evolution

Tue 17 May 2016

Wasps’ flanker, George Smith, added to an already memorable season by being crowned the RPA Players’ Player of the Year in association with England Rugby, at the 18th annual RPA Players’ Awards 2016 in association with England Rugby. The black tie event held at Battersea Evolution on Wednesday 11th May played host to some of the biggest names in the game and honoured the outstanding achievements of the season so far, with Smith, currently in his 17th year of professional rugby, registering the highest number of votes from his fellow professionals to be named the Players’ Player of the Year. 

Smith said upon winning his award: “It’s a truly humbling feeling to receive this award, especially as it’s voted for by my peers. I have thoroughly enjoyed my season playing in England and representing such a determined and driven club like Wasps has made my job so much easier. I have cherished each moment I have taken the pitch, the fans in England are superb and I look forward to finishing our season on a high as we strive towards success in the play-offs.”

Other notable award winners on the night included Billy Vunipola as The Old Mutual Wealth England Player of the Year and former Ireland and British & Irish Lions centre, Brian O'Driscoll, was inducted into the RPA Hall of Fame in association with KPMG.

See the full list of winners below:

The RPA Players' Player of the Year in association with England Rugby

Winner: George Smith - Wasps

LV= Young Player of the Year

Winner: Maro Itoje - Saracens

The Old Mutual Wealth England Player of the Year

Winner: Billy Vunipola - Saracens

HSBC England Sevens Player of the Year

Winner: Dan Bibby

The Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Year in association with England Rugby

Winner: Jack Lam - Bristol Rugby

The Restart Rugby Special Merit Award

Winner: Charlie Hodgson

RPA Blyth Spirit Award in association with Towergate Insurance

Winner: Henry Fraser

The RPA Hall of Fame Induction in association with KPMG

Winner: Brian O'Driscoll 

For more information about The RPA, please visit http://therpa.co.uk/

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