Aviva Premiership: George Ford named player of the season

England outside-half scoops prestigious award as father Mike picks up director of rugby of the season ahead of the semi-finals

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Bath Rugby’s George Ford has been named the Aviva Premiership player of the season.

He has spearheaded an extremely talented backline at Bath and his control and composure at fly-half show a remarkable maturity for someone so young.

Phil Winstanley

The 22-year-old England outside-half, who helped his club to their first Aviva Premiership semi-finals for the first time since 2010, saw off other young English talent including Jonathan Joseph, Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly to become the first Bath player to pick up the award.

Ford joins an all-star cast of names to have won the award, including a number of England team-mates in Mike Brown (2014), Tom Youngs (2013) and Chris Robshaw (2019, 2012).

“I’ve loved every minute again this year,” Ford said at the event at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

“They challenge us every day and you go to the club and get better each day, so as a young lad it’s a great place to be.

“My dad is obviously my coach so we don’t get much time as father and son, but he’s a brilliant coach, along with the rest of the team at Bath.”

The West Country club were one of the big winners at the league’s annual awards ceremony in London as Ford’s father – and boss – Mike was named Guinness director of rugby of the season ahead of Northampton Saints’ Jim Mallinder, Wasps’ Dai Young and Exeter’s Rob Baxter.

Other big winners on the night were Exeter Chiefs, despite narrowly missing out on the play-offs with young versatile back Henry Slade picking up the under-23 Land Rover Discovery of the season award hours after being named in England’s 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

It was also a good night for Wasps, who secured a top-six finish this season, as scrum-half Joe Simpson won the try of the season award for his fantastic solo effort against the Chiefs.

Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes also picked up the Green Flag forward of the season with veteran outside-half Andy Goode collecting the Gilbert golden boot trophy.

Bath, Wasps and Exeter also dominated the team of the season, led by departing Chiefs skipper Deam Mumm, with all three clubs contributing four players each.

Newcastle Falcons winger Sinoti Sinoti, Leicester Tigers lock Graeme Kitchener and Saracens hooker Jamie George were the only players from other clubs to make the team.

Aviva Premiership team of the season: Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby); Christian Wade (Wasps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons); George Ford (Bath), Joe Simpson (Wasps); Matt Mullan (Wasps), Jamie George (Saracens), Tomas Francis (Exeter), Graeme Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Dean Mumm (Exeter, captain), David Ewers (Exeter), Francois Louw (Bath), Nathan Hughes (Wasps).

Aviva Premeirship award winners 2014/15:

Aviva Premiership Rugby player of the year – George Ford
Guinness director of rugby of the season – Mike Ford
Land Rover Discovery of the season – Henry Slade
Green Flag forward of the season – Nathan Hughes
Citizen try of the season – Joe Simpson
Gilbert golden boot winner – Andy Goode
Trivento top try-scorer – Thomas Waldrom
Aviva community player of the season – Jamie George

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