Fixtures - Top Bar

Wasps and Saints claim opening nominees in LV= Cup Breakthrough Player Award

Wasps and Northampton Saints each have players represented in the first two nominees for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award after round one of the competition.

Thomas Young of Wasps is nominated after producing impressive match statistics following his side's narrow away win over Sale Sharks. The son of former dual-code international and Wasps Director of Rugby Dai, was the top tackler of the round and remarkably did not miss any of his attempted hits.  Amongst those tackles was a 'sack' on a kicker, while he also produced three jackals. Only two players managed to win more turnovers than the Welshman.  Young also chipped in with seven carries and managed one defender beaten. 
 
Young's stats:
Carries: 7
Tackles: 21
Misses: 0
Jackal: 3
Turnovers / Pens: 0         
Defenders Beaten: 1
 
He is joined by namesake Tom Collins of Northampton Saints, who was the only back to manage two tries during the opening round. Collins made a total of 175 metres beyond the gain-line, 60 more than the next highest performer in this category. The 20-year-old also beat a round-high seven defenders and made three clean breaks, as well as assisting a try to cap a fine performance. Northampton coach Alex King was full of praise for the young full-back, "Tom works incredibly hard at his game. He's a natural athlete who's got pace to burn, but he works at all the basics. He stays after training and does all his add-ons.”
 
Collins' stats:
Tries: 2
Carries: 18
Metres: 175
Try Assists: 1      
Defenders Beaten: 7       
Clean Breaks: 3

Launched in 2012, the LV= Breakthrough Player Award celebrates and recognises those young players who have stood out in the tournament with previous winners including Jack Nowell, Jonny May and Ollie Devoto.  Using Opta match statistics, a forward and back from each round, along with two players with outstanding overall competition statistics will form a shortlist, which will be submitted to a fan vote on www.lv.com/rugby after Round 4 (06/07/08 February).  The winner will be announced prior to the LV= Cup Final and LV= will donate £1,000 to a grassroots rugby initiative of their choice.
 
The LV= Breakthrough Player Award is designed to recognise the next generation of young players. For more information on the LV= Breakthrough Player Award visit www.LV.com/rugby

Latest News

Match Report: Wasps 40 Worcester Warriors 33

Wasps extended their advantage at the top of Aviva Premiership Rugby with a hard-fought victory over Worcester Warriors in an…

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 30 Sale Sharks 25

His side may have gone level on points with Wasps atop the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, but Exeter Chiefs coach…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 31 Leicester Tigers 36

Leicester Tigers sent off Aaron Mauger in fine style with a thrilling win at Franklin’s Gardens and Geordan Murphy believed it…

Match Reaction: Harlequins 53 Newcastle Falcons 17

Returning England stars Mike Brown, Danny Care and Marland Yarde may have shone for Harlequins in their 53-17 victory over…

AUDIO: Northampton Saints 31 Leicester Tigers 36

A major East Midlands derby at Franklins Gardens with it all to play for! Simon Ward was there……. Afterwards Andrew…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 31 Leicester Tigers 36

Owen Williams kicked two penalties in the last three minutes to give Leicester Tigers victory in an East Midlands thriller…

Match Report: Harlequins 53 Newcastle Falcons 17

Harlequins kept their hopes of a top-four Aviva Premiership Rugby finish alive as they surged clear in the second half…

Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 30 Sale Sharks 25

High-flying Exeter Chiefs survived a scare from Sale Sharks to maintain second place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table with…

Match Reaction: Bristol Rugby 14 Gloucester Rugby 32

Director of rugby David Humphreys praised the impact of Jonny May as he signalled his return to the Gloucester Rugby…

Match Report: Bristol Rugby 14 Gloucester Rugby 32

Jonny May touched down to conclude a length of the field score to earn Gloucester Rugby a try bonus point…

Northampton Saints’ Brookes prepared for sold-out East Midlands derby

Franklin’s Gardens will be sold out for the East Midlands derby between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers and Kieran Brookes…