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Cipriani earns more nominations

Danny Cipriani
Cipriani was also nominated for the Professional Rugby Players' awards

Danny Cipriani has been nominated in both main categories for this year's Guinness Premiership awards.

The Wasps and England fly-half has been shortlisted for the player of the year award and the young player's prize.

Team-mate Paul Sackey, Bath's Olly Barkley, Gloucester pair James Simpson-Daniel and Akapusi Qera are the other nominees in the senior category.

Matthew Banahan, Ben Foden, Danny Care and Chris Robshaw join Cipriani on the list for the young player's award.

Last week, Cipriani became the first player to be nominated for both the top honours in the Professional Rugby Players' Association awards.


Gloucester's Dean Ryan, Bath's Steve Meehan and Harlequins' Dean Richards have all been shortlisted for the director of rugby award.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 28 May at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.

The nominations in full:

Guinness Premiership Player of the Season: Olly Barkley (Bath); Danny Cipriani (Wasps); Akapusi Qera (Gloucester); Paul Sackey (Wasps); James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester).

Young player of the season: Matthew Banahan (Bath); Danny Care (Harlequins); Danny Cipriani (Wasps); Ben Foden (Sale Sharks); Chris Robshaw (Harlequins).

Director of rugby of the season: Steve Meehan (Bath); Dean Richards (Harlequins); Dean Ryan (Gloucester).

see also
Cipriani handed double nomination
07 May 08 |  London Wasps
Wilkinson lauds Cipriani display
17 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union
Jackson named player of the year
02 May 07 |  English

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