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Holmes nominated for LV= Breakthrough Player Award

After impressing in Round 1 of the LV=Cup, Jonah Holmes has been nominated for the award which recognises impressive young talent.

The LV= Breakthrough Player Award returns for the new season, with Holmes from London Wasps represented in the first round alongside Harry Thacker of Leicester Tigers.

Holmes returned to London Wasps from a loan spell at Leeds to line up against Saracens last week and did not miss his opportunity to show what he can do. The young winger incredibly beat nine defenders and made four clean breaks in this game, totting up a gain of 151 metres, making his average carry 13.7 metres.

Three of his four clean breaks were initial breaks of the line, whilst the other was a supported break. Holmes made more metres and breaks than any other player in the first round of the tournament, whilst his tally of defenders beaten was only bettered by Andries Pretorius of Cardiff Blues (10).

His efforts were unfortunately not enough for Wasps, who were forced to settle for a bonus point after a thrilling game. However, Director of Rugby Dai Young took solace from his team's performance, saying: "I thought James Haskell, Guy Thompson and Jonah Holmes were very good tonight so there were some positives out there but as a whole we have to improve if we want to stretch teams like Saracens."

Launched in September 2011, the LV= Breakthrough Player Award is designed to recognise the wealth of impressive young talent on show in the competition. Previous winners include Gloucester Rugby's Jonny May and Exeter Chief's Jack Nowell, both of whom went on to receive England honours soon after receiving the LV= award.

Two players from each round, along with two 'wildcard' players, who have strong overall competition statistics, compiled by Opta, will form a shortlist which will be submitted to a fan vote on www.lv.com/rugby. Fans will vote for the winner of the LV= Breakthrough Player Award from the end of Round 4 until 9am on Monday, March 10. The winner will be announced prior to the LV=Cup Final and LV= will donate £1,000 to a grassroots rugby initiative of the winner's choice.

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