Wasps win big at the Premiership Rugby Awards
Wasps' season was recognised with five awards at Premiership Rugby’s annual ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.
Jimmy Gopperth walked away with three awards; Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season, The Golden Boot and Citizen Try of the Season, while Dai Young was named Director of Rugby of the Season and Christian Wade picked up the Trivento Top Try Scorer of the Season Award.
Gopperth’s three awards last night add to his incredible haul this year, collecting the Players’ Player of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Season awards at the Wasps dinner, as well as the RPA’s Player of the Season Award.
Gopperth's awards have recognised a standout season in which he featured in 21 of Wasps’ 22 Aviva Premiership Rugby matches this season as they climbed to first place in the League helped by his 266 points which included nine tries, and his Director of Rugby Dai Young led the praise for the versatile Kiwi.
Young said: “It’s difficult to put into words just how valuable Jimmy has been for our squad, both on and off the pitch. We all know he is a quality fly-half, but his ability to play 10, 12, 13 and even a couple of games at full-back for us this season has really helped the side.
“Jimmy always puts the team before himself and he’s always played at a very high standard in every position he’s played. He’s a real club man and a quality player who deserves all the accolades he’s got this season. He’s also one of the most modest guys you could meet, really hard working and a real leader around the camp.
“The team is the most important thing to him and he’s a role model to the younger guys coming through. We’re really pleased for Jimmy and he thoroughly deserves all the awards he’s won.”
Young's own role in his side's season saw him recognised as the Aviva Premiership Director of Rugby of the Season and Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby Phil Winstanley led the praise for the Wasps boss:
“I’m delighted for Dai that he has been given this award,” said Winstanley.
“He has been at Wasps since 2011 and has seen some difficult times but has been at the forefront of guiding the Club through these. He has built a fantastic squad over the past couple of seasons following the move to the Ricoh Arena and has developed an extremely entertaining and exciting style of play.
“The Wasps performances this season have produced the most tries in the competition and they’ve been great to watch. He’s a great character for us to have in the competition and very deserving of this accolade.”
Wasps’ season so far was also recognised with four players named in the BT Sport Dream last night; Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Jimmy Gopperth and Joe Launchbury all included.