The London Wasps forward was chosen as the month’s stand out performer by a panel of distinguished rugby media – including writers, broadcasters and photographers
Launchbury won the award for his performances in November for both London Wasps and England. The award is given to the best Aviva Premiership rugby player in a particular month no matter which competition they play in.
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young, was full of superlatives for the young lock “Congratulations to Joe on more recognition on what has been a fantastic few weeks for him. This is very well deserved and I am sure it is one of many accolades that will come his way in the years ahead.”
“Joe has had an incredible few weeks when the world got to see the abilities, which those at Adams Park have been aware of for some time,” said Judging Panel chairman, Paul Morgan.
“He was one of the stand out players in the 2011-12 season and has picked up where he left off. The great thing you couldn’t meet a more down to earth young man. He’s set for a wonderful career.”
Joe spoke of the pride he felt for being named November’s Player of the Month: “There are so many fantastic players across the Aviva Premiership that I’m both surprised and chuffed to be given this award. November was a great month for me personally and I really enjoyed playing with two teams – both England and Wasps – playing some really good rugby. My focus now is on helping my Club in three very important league games against Sale, London Welsh and Bath.”
“Aviva have kindly given me £500 to donate to the charity of my choice – and I would like to give this to the London Wasps Official Charity, Mind who are the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They do some fantastic work in supporting people with mental health problems and raising awareness of the issue and we are working very closely with them as a Club.”
Louisa Cheetham, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Premiership Rugby’s title sponsors Aviva added: “Joe’s meteoric rise into the England starting team once again highlights the incredible young talent being nurtured in the Aviva Premiership. He’s a very deserving winner and I suspect this won’t be the last time he receives the award.”