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Luatua shortlisted for Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season

Steven Luatua has been shortlisted for the Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season award following a hugely impressive campaign from the All Black forward.

The back-row, who has made 20 league appearances this season, scoring two tries, is named alongside Faf De Klerk (Sale Sharks), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints), Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens) and Matt Kvesic (Exeter Chiefs). 

The action has been fast and furious this season in what has been one of the most competitive and exciting Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaigns.

But with just one round of regular season action remaining six players have been shortlisted after standing out from the crowd.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 22nd May at the star-studded 2019 Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher. 

“Steven has played a huge part in our season and we are delighted to see him receive this recognition," said head coach, Pat Lam.

“As well as being a world class performer, Steven is also an excellent leader on and off the field, and the impact he has had on our vision of inspiring our community through rugby success has been significant.”

The shortlist was selected by a judging panel compiled of Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Robert Kitson (The Guardian), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), Owen Slot (The Times) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN), with Premiership Rugby Communications Director Paul Morgan chairing the panel.

Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season shortlist:

  • Alex Goode (Saracens)
  • Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints)
  • Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby)
  • Faf De Klerk (Sale Sharks)
  • Matt Kvesic (Exeter Chiefs)
  • Steven Luatua (Bristol Bears)

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