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Ted Hill and Arron Reed nominated for Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player

Ted Hill and Arron Reed nominated for Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player

Following an exciting round two of Premiership Rugby Cup action, Premiership Rugby are delighted to announce that Worcester Warriors’ Ted Hill and Arron Reed from Sale Sharks have been shortlisted for this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award.

Launched in 2012, the Breakthrough Player Award celebrates and recognises under-23 players who have stood out in the tournament, with previous winners including the likes of Jack Nowell, Jonny May, Tom Collins and Adam Radwan.

Using OPTA match statistics, a forward and back from each round, along with two players with outstanding overall competition statistics, will form a ten-man shortlist, which will be submitted to a fan vote.

The winner will be announced prior to the Premiership Rugby Cup Final, with the lucky recipient also receiving a Promaster Tough watch courtesy of Premiership Rugby partner Citizen, while Gilbert, Official Ball and Rugby Clothing Partner of Premiership Rugby, will supply £1,000 worth of kit to a grassroots club of the winner’s choice

So now let’s take a look as to why Hill and Reed have been added to the list, with Josh Bayliss of Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints’ James Grayson having already found their way onto it following round 1…

Forward – Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)

Age Position Tries Assists Carries Metres Clean Breaks Tackles Lineouts Won
19 Flanker 1 1 8 39 2 19 3

Worcester’s Ted Hill showed just why Eddie Jones called him into England’s training squad last month with a fine display in the Warriors’ victory away at Leicester Tigers. Wearing the number six shirt Hill was the only forward to both score and assist a try at the weekend, while his 19 tackles could only be bettered by Gloucester’s Aaron Hinkley (21). Hill also made eight carries and two breaks gaining 39 metres in the process.

Back – Arron Reed (Sale Sharks)

Age Position Mins Carries Metres Clean breaks Defenders beaten Offloads Try assists
19 Wing 80 10 105 4 9 2 1

Teenager Arron Reed put on a fantastic running display during Sale’s 15-15 draw with Saracens. The young winger made the most breaks and beat the most defenders of any player in Round 2, while he was one of just three players to gain 100+ metres with ball in hand. Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet himself he did provide the assist for one of Sale’s two tries on Friday night.

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