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Premiership Rugby Awards to include women’s prize for the first time

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY can today confirm that three of the brightest young talents in English rugby have been shortlisted for the Women’s Premiership Players’ Player of the Year award.

The trophy which will be presented for the first time at the star-studded Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards after votes were collected from Women’s Premiership players from across the country. The award will go to either:

  • Saracens' Poppy Cleall
  • Lichfield's Harriet Millar Mills or
  • Worcester's Rachel Lund.

The award – which was won last year by Tamara Taylor – will be presented on 18 May by women's rugby legend Maggie Alphonsi.

The winner will rub shoulders with the biggest names in English rugby at a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton, Park Lane presented by BT Sport's Craig Doyle.

Along with the winner of the Women's Premiership Players’ Player of the Year on 18 May the winners of the following Awards will also be announced:

  • Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season
  • Aviva Community Player of the Season
  • BT Sport Dream Team
  • Citizen Try of the Season
  • Gilbert Golden Boot
  • Green Flag Forward of the Season
  • Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season
  • Land Rover Discovery of the Season
  • Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Player of the Series
  • Trivento Top Try Scorer of the Season

“We are delighted to be able to present the Women's Premiership Players’ Player of the Year award – with support from the RFU – on one of the biggest nights in the rugby calendar,” said Premiership Rugby's Communications Director, Paul Morgan.

“The Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs continue to make a bigger and bigger commitment to women's rugby every year and this is another example of our commitment to promoting women's sport.

“The Women's Premiership is thriving and we have seen a new generation of women players emerge into the England team since Maggie and her team-mates lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2014.

“We are also pleased to confirm that at the Awards there will be a player from each of the Women's Premiership sides and not just the three shortlisted players.”

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 18 May at the sold out Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane.

The winners will be announced first on Twitter via the @premrugby account. Use hashtag #AvivaPremAwards to join the conversation.

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