Exeter Chiefs forward Sam Simmonds has been named the ‘Land Rover Discovery of The Season’ for the 2017/18 season, at this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby awards. We have been working with Land Rover for the duration of its partnership with Premiership Rugby, and appointed members of the national media to create the initial shortlist, and select the ultimate winner.
The Land Rover Discovery of the Season award recognises the most impressive young player in Aviva Premiership Rugby each season and rewards them for their outstanding contribution to the competition. Nominees for the award had to be 23 years old or younger on 1st September 2017, and have played at least eight Aviva Premiership Rugby matches this season and not received full international caps prior to 2017.
Simmonds topped an exciting shortlist that included Worcester Warriors’ Josh Adams, Jack Willis of Wasps, and Gloucester Rugby duo Ruan Ackermann and Jake Polledri. With such a strong line up of nominees, it was Simmonds’ meteoric performances for Exeter Chiefs that saw him claim the award. To decide the winner of this season’s award, a panel of national rugby journalists and broadcasters were responsible for naming the shortlist of five players and subsequent winner. To celebrate his achievement, Simmonds will have the opportunity to become a Land Rover ambassador for the 2018/19 season.