Danny Cipriani is included in a shortlist for the players’s player of the year awards. The English fly-half has put his mark on the Gloucester team and it seems like a match made in heaven. Not that the year started off well after being arrested during pre-season, but the ten has pulled the strings in his trademark style this year and Gloucester sit third in the table with Cirpriani a major reason for that.
Included in the list alongside Danny is Henry Slade, Cobus Reinach, Faf de Klerk and Santiago Cordero. Aside from having two nines this would make one hell of a back line.
Danny is arguably one of the most talked about players this year, with more than enough lines written about his general snubbing from the England setup despite staring in the last game of the summer tour in South Africa.
Cordero has been setting the premiership alight for the Exeter Chiefs this year, he will be looking to sign off with a premiership title before he leaves for Bordeaux next season. Cordero is leading the defenders beaten stats this year, with 98 beaten over the season so far.
Henry Slade has been the top 13 in the country this year. The link man in the outside channel, Slade has taken a real step forward helped by his consistent starting place for club and country at Outside Centre.
Cobus Reinach is the joint leading try scorer this year, sharing this with Jonny May. But Cobus has been a star in almost every game he plays, his accelleration and top speed allowing to finish off some impressive try of the year contenders.
The Premiership is awash with South African scrum half talent, next up is Faf de Klerk, possibly the leading scrum half in the world in many peoples eyes at International level at the start of the season.
The winners are due to be announced on the 8th May.
The Young Players’ Player of the year is also drawn, featuring England Internationals Tom Curry and Joe Cokanasiga featuring alongside Alex Dombrandt, Gloucester winger Ollie Thorley and Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson