Rowlands and Young scoop top Wasps awards

Date: 7 May 2019

Will Rowlands and Thomas Young scooped the top prizes at Wasps’ End of Season Awards at Ricoh Arena on Tuesday evening.

Over 650 people were in attendance on a glamorous evening in the stadium’s Premier Lounge to reflect on the 2018/19 season with six awards being presented.

Lock Rowlands, who picked up the Players’ Player of the Season award, has enjoyed a fine campaign in the Black and Gold, having made 27 appearances this season – featuring in all six Champions Cup games as well as being in every matchday Premiership squad.

The all-action second row has made 253 tackles in the Premiership this season – a whopping 27 of which came in the defeat at Bath Rugby in the last round.

Meanwhile flanker Young, who has been restricted to 14 appearances in the campaign through injury and international commitments, picked up the Supporters’ Player of the Season award after his tremendous displays which included numerous man-of-the-match accolades.

His form for club saw him restored to the Wales national team for the first time in nearly two years, as he made his Six Nations debut in the win over Italy on their way to winning the Grand Slam.

Tighthead prop Will Stuart picked up the Young Player of the Season award as the 22-year-old made 21 appearances during the campaign while back row Tom Willis picked up the Academy Player of the Season award after a fantastic term for the 20-year-old.

After initially impressing in the Premiership Rugby Cup, the youngster was presented with an opportunity to make his first Premiership start against Northampton Saints in November.

He has also played a key role for England Under 20s in recent months, Willis was involved in all five of England Under 20s Six Nations games and captained the side in their last three matches against Wales, Italy and Scotland. Number eight Willis was also a try scorer against Ireland, France and Scotland.

Lock Marcus Garratt, who has been suffering with a lengthy knee issue, was named as the Community Player of the Season after his sterling efforts away from the field.

The Club Person of the Year award was shared by both Community Development Officer Jordan Young and Production Executive and Matchday Floor Manager Josh Coupland – with both being recognised by their colleagues for going above and beyond for the Club over the past 12 months.