Wasps flanker on award shortlist
Date: 1 May 2018
Wasps flanker Jack Willis is one of five candidates for the Sanlam Young Player of the Year Award.
The prestigious prize will be presented at the upcoming Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) awards dinner which takes place on Wednesday May 9 at Battersea Evolution in London.
The under-23 award is voted for by the players, with the winner collecting a trophy named after Harlequins and England scrum-half Nick Duncombe who tragically died from a rare form of blood poisoning aged just 21 in 2003.
Willis faces competition from Harlequins fly half Marcus Smith, Gloucester’s Italian international flanker Jake Polledri, Wales and Worcester winger Josh Adams and Exeter Chiefs back-rower Sam Simmonds, who represented England in the recent Six Nations.
The 21-year-old Wasp, who has made 23 appearances this season in all competitions and was chosen as Aviva Premiership player-of-the-month shortly after signing a new contract in February, said he was honoured to have made the shortlist.
“I’m so proud to be nominated for this award,” he said.” I have been fortunate to have been given a lot of great opportunities with Wasps this season, it’s been a big learning experience and something I am really looking forward to building on.”