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Wood standing tall for personal awards treble

16 May 2011

  • Aviva Premiership player of the season Tom Wood up for personal awards treble
  • England and Saints flanker could add RPA player and young player accolades
Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood at an England training session

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England flanker Tom Wood is in line to cap a magnificent season for club and country by achieving a personal awards treble in the coming weeks.

The Northampton Saints star, voted Aviva Premiership player of the season last week, could now land the Rugby Players' Association players' player of the year and young player crowns.

Wood, who started all of England RBS 6 Nations games after debuting in the victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium, has been nominated alongside five other Premiership players.  They are Saints and England colleague Chris Ashton, Leicester Tigers No.8 Thomas Waldrom, Harlequins fly half Nick Evans, Gloucester Rugby centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and Exeter Chiefs prop Chris Budgen.

The winner will be announced at this year's RPA awards ceremony and dinner in London on May 25.

Coventry-born Wood missed his side’s Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat to Leicester on Saturday with a hairline fracture in the tibula of his right leg and is battling to be fit for the Heineken Cup final against Leinster at the weekend.

'Unbelievable year' with England and Saints

England flanker Tom Wood carries possession for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership

Photo: Getty Images

Wood, who also recently signed a new two-year deal at Franklins Gardens said: "It has already been an unbelievable year for me, making my England debut and reaching the Aviva Premiership semi-final and the Heineken Cup final with Northampton.

"It is a privilege to be nominated by my fellow players and to make the cut for both the players' player and young player awards. At least I get two shots at coming away with something."

Wood, 24, is also nominated in the young player category, where he faces competition from international and domestic team mate Courtney Lawes, Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi (this season's Aviva Premiership young player award winner), Saracens fly half Owen Farrell, Gloucester Rugby wing Charlie Sharples and Harlequins prop Joe Marler.