- Trayfoot and Wallace talk LV= Breakthrough Player
- It’s a big confidence boost to be recognised – Wallace
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With just over two weeks until the LV= Cup Breakthrough Player Award winner is announced, Harlequins’ nominees Luke Wallace and Joe Trayfoot discuss the impact the LV= Cup has had on their development and what it means to be shortlisted for the award.
23-year-old Wallace made his first team debut for Harlequins in 2009 against Newcastle in the LV= Cup. He went on to sign a senior contract with the Premiership Champions in 2011, and made 24 appearance for the club the following season. He has played for the full 80-minutes in 10 games for the London side this season, and credits the LV= Cup for helping young players like himself experience first team rugby.
“More than anything, the LV= Cup gives a chance for young players to play. Especially in the Quins set-up with a number of young guys coming through, there are a lot of guys who only really get to play during the RBS 6 Nations periods and also in the LV= Cup games. It’s a great stepping stone."
Speaking about his nomination for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award, which is designed to recognise outstanding talent in the competition, Wallace said: “It’s a big confidence boost to be recognised for the LV= Cup Breakthrough Player Award. Obviously, it’s nice to have the public recognise your efforts as well as your team mates'. It means that when you get out on the pitch, you know you’re doing the right things”.
The LV= Cup has been great for me this year – Trayfoot
Joining his team mate among the ten nominees is back row Joe Trayfoot. A product of the club’s Academy programme, Joe also made his first team debut an LV= Cup fixture in Quins’ 2011 game against London Wasps in Abu Dhabi.
“The LV= Cup has been great for me this year," commented the 22-year-old. “I’ve played in all four games and have really enjoyed it. It gives me a chance to put on the jersey for Quins and prove to the coaches what I can do.”
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To vote for your LV=Breakthrough Player and for LV=Cup tickets and info go to www.LV.com/rugby
Voting closes following the second LV=Cup semi-final on March 10. The winner will be announced prior to the LV= Cup Final at Sixways on Sunday, March 17.
LV=Breakthrough Player Award Nominees
Tom Heathcote – Bath
Sam Lewis – Ospreys
Jamie Elliott – Northampton Saints
Luke Wallace – Harlequins
Marland Yarde – London Irish
Joe Trayfoot – Harlequins
Ben Spencer – Saracens
Tommy Taylor – Sale Sharks
Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs
Morgan Allen – Ospreys