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Ioan Lloyd claims Land Rover Discovery of the Season award

Following a stellar Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign, Bristol Bears' Ioan Lloyd has been named the 2021 Land Rover Discovery of the Season.

The Land Rover Discovery of the Season award is designed to recognise the achievements and success of the most exciting young rugby players in the Gallagher Premiership.

Lloyd burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old with a debut try against Bath Rugby at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, becoming the youngest player ever to appear for the Bears in the Gallagher Premiership. While he featured predominantly off the bench last season, this year has been a completely different story.

Lloyd has established himself as a regular in the Bristol backline during 2020-21, helping Pat Lam's side maintain hopes of winning the Gallagher Premiership title for the first time.

Among the season highlights for the Cardiff-born star were two tries in two European Champions Cup games in late 2020, and a further score on domestic duty in the Bears' defeat to Sale in May.

The now 20-year-old has also managed to break into the Wales set-up this season, earning his first two senior international caps against Georgia and Italy during the Autumn Nations Cup, as well as a call-up by the Six Nations champions' for the summer internationals.

By clinching the Land Rover Discovery of the Season Award, Lloyd follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Sam Simmonds, Ellis Genge, Maro Itoje, Henry Slade, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi.

Speaking in the wake of the announcement, Land Rover ambassador and former England captain Lewis Moody said he is excited by Lloyd’s potential.

“Ioan’s won this award because of his brilliant performances for Bristol Bears this season, his displays have been excellent and that’s been re-affirmed by the fact he made his Wales debut earlier this season at the age of just 19.

“The Bears have been towards the top of the Gallagher Premiership table for the last few seasons and for Lloyd to be getting regular minutes this year just shows what a special player he is.”

“He’s a worthy recipient of this award and I can’t wait to see how good he’s going to be if he’s performing this well so early into his young career.”

The shortlist and winner were selected by a panel of media professionals Ben Coles (Telegraph Media), Duncan Bech (Press Association), Will Kelleher (Daily Mail), Nick Heath (Commentator); Gerard Meagher (The Guardian) and Kate Rowan (Telegraph Media). The panel was chaired by Premiership Rugby’s Communications Director, Paul Morgan.

The winners at the 2021 Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher, will be announced first on Twitter via the @premrugby account. Use hashtag #PremRugbyAwards to join the conversation.


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