After a series of impressive displays in the tournament in Italy where England finished runners-up, Launchbury was given the accolade by his teammates following the final game.
One of only two England players to start every game of the competition, Joe was outstanding throughout every game for his country with the highlight being an outstanding performance in the South Africa match where he pulled off two try saving tackles.
Launchbury's achievements are all the more impressive given that he was not even included in the initial squad for the Six Nations tournament that preceded the JWC. He made his mark when he was eventually selected in the later games of that event though, winning the man of the match award in the final grand slam winning game against Ireland.
After winning the England player’s player of the tournament, Launchbury said:, “To be named players player of the tournament means a lot, particularly as it was chosen by my teammates, it’s something I’m really proud of, but it could have gone to any one of the lads – everybody played their part and gave their all, it’s just a shame that it wasn’t quite enough."
“I think frustration sums up with mood within the camp, all of the boys are upset with the result but we pushed them very hard, some things didn’t go our way, and unfortunately the result was one of those things.
“We gave it our best shot, but they’re a class side with quality throughout their squad, but we came here to win, so obviously we’re massively disappointed.”