- Gloucester centre Jonny May named LV= Breakthrough Player
- "I'm sure I owe a lot of Gloucester fans a huge vote of thanks" - May
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Gloucester centre Jonny May has been chosen by rugby fans as LV= Breakthrough Player in this season’s LV= Cup.
The award, which launched last month, is designed to recognise a young player who has stood out in the 2011-12 competition and is voted for by rugby supporters on the LV= rugby website.
May, a Gloucester Rugby graduate and now first team regular, was chosen from a shortlist of six including George Ford, who played a substantial role in securing Leicester’s place in this Sunday’s final and Liam Williams, the Scarlet wing who’s impressive turn against Northampton last weekend more than justified his inclusion in the short list.
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors) and Matthew Morgan (Ospreys) completed the six finalists.
At only 21, May’s rugby CV includes selection in the England U20s 2010 Six Nations campaign and a place in the Junior World Cup squad that travelled to Argentina in the same year.
A hat-trick of tries against Rovigo in the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2011 saw the youngster make his mark on the Gloucester management, who promptly offered Jonny a new contract in spring 2011. Since then, the centre has played 22 games for the Cherry and Whites, scoring 10 tries in the process.
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The LV= Cup has been hugely important to Gloucester Rugby - May
Commenting at the presentation of the LV= Breakthrough Player trophy this afternoon, May said: "I'm really pleased to have won the award especially as it's voted for by the supporters – I'm sure I owe a lot of Gloucester fans a huge vote of thanks!
"The LV= Cup has been hugely important to Gloucester Rugby in the past few seasons, as a number of our younger players, myself included, have received valuable first team experience in the competition and I'm sure will continue to do so."
Over 3,600 fans voted over the last six weeks with May coming out as the clear winner. As well as picking up the LV= Breakthrough Player trophy, May receives a TAG Heuer watch and a £1,000 donation to a grassroots club of his choice.
Visit www.lv.com/rugby for information on the LV= Cup and details on how to purchase tickets