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Kvesic and Farrell on Discovery of the Season nominations

26 April 2012

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Matt Kvesic in action for England U20

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England Under 20 and Worcester Warriors back row Matt Kvesic is one of six players shortlisted for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season award.

The 20-year-old is up against four members of last season's Under 20 squad, with Owen Farrell, Joe Launchbury, Christian Wade and Jonathan Joseph also nominated.

Harlequins back row Luke Wallace completes the nominees and Kvesic is both shocked and delighted to have been named as a potential winner.

"I was pretty surprised when I found out to be honest," he said. "A look at not just the previous winners but also the players listed this year and you see some serious talent. I’ve played with four of the guys through the England age grades and they have all gone from strength to strength.

"Faz [Owen Farrell] has done amazingly well this year and performed exceptionally during the Six Nations, Wadey [Christian Wade] has scored tries for fun and is lethal on the attack, Launchers [Joe Launchbury] is a bit of a machine and was probably our player of the season last year and JJ [Jonathan Joseph] is a very dangerous player, so to even be considered alongside those guys is an honour.

Joe Launchbury in action for England U20

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"We're all competitive guys who love playing for our clubs, but as soon as the whistle blows it’s good to have a catch up with them all. That’s what’s so good about the Under 20s set-up, you form good friendships with guys from different clubs and then get to go around the country and see them all throughout the season."

Kvesic has played a key role with Warriors this season, helping to secure the club’s Aviva Premiership status for another year and was also on hand to defend England Under 20’s Six Nations trophy in March. The IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa is next on the agenda for Kvesic, who is looking to go one better than last year’s final loss against New Zealand.

He added: “If selected, I’m really looking forward to it. We had a great side last year and fell just short, but we have another set of talented players and if we all pull together and work hard then I’m sure we’ll go well.”

Owen Farrell and Matt Kvesic celebrate for England U20

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Fellow nominee Farrell, who started all five of England’s 2012 RBS 6 Nations matches, was equally flattered to be shortlisted and said:

“It’s a massive honour but it’s great to see the other lads recognised for their performances too. I’ve either played alongside or against all of the guys and their qualities are there for all to see.

"A lot of the players who went to last year’s Junior World Championship in Italy came back and made an impact in the Premiership which shows that there’s some serious talent coming through."

Land Rover Discovery of the Season 2011-12 Shortlist:

  • Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
  • Christian Wade (London Wasps)
  • Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
  • Owen Farrell (Saracens)
  • Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
  • Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)

Previous Winners:

  • 2011 - Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
  • 2010 - Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
  • 2009 - Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
  • 2008 - Danny Cipriani (London Wasps)
  • 2007 - Tom Rees (London Wasps)