Josh Adams has been recognised for his stellar season at Sixways as he walked away with the Top Try Scorer award before being named in the BT Sport Dream Team at this year’s Premiership Rugby Awards on Wednesday night.
Adams shared the Top Try Scorer award with Newcastle Falcons’ Vereniki Goneva after both players finished the season with 13 tries.
Goneva and his Newcastle boss Dean Richards won the top prizes at Premiership Rugby’s annual ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel.
Goneva was named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season by a panel of judges, while Richards was named Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season as he prepares his side for their semi-final clash with Exeter on Saturday.
There was another accolade for Newcastle to celebrate as Sinoti Sinoti’s sensational score against Exeter Chiefs in Round 13 was voted by the public as the Citizen Try of the Season.
Sinoti’s try was just one of 776 tries scored in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season – the most ever, beating the 750 tallied in the 1999/2000 campaign.
In addition, 6,379 points were scored, the most since 1999/2000, with Saracens’ Owen Farrell winning the Gilbert Golden Boot award with a total of 171 points with the boot.
A total of 535 different players were named in matchday squads for the 132 regular season Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, with the top flight once again proving a breeding ground for young talent.
This meant that the battle for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season was more closely fought than ever before, with Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds emerging triumphant.
Another club on the winners’ board was Wasps, who saw Josh Bassett named Singha 7s Player of the Season.
Harlequins prop Mark Lambert is well-known for his exploits on the pitch after 15 years at the highest level, but it was his commitment off the field that earned him the plaudits at the ceremony as he was named Aviva Community Player of the Season.
BT Sport Dream Team
15 Willie Le Roux – Wasps
14 Vereniki Goneva – Newcastle Falcons
13 Rob Horne – Northampton Saints
12 Matt Toomua – Leicester Tigers
11 Josh Adams – Worcester Warriors
10 Danny Cipriani – Wasps
9 Faf De Klerk – Sale Sharks
1 Ellis Genge – Leicester Tigers
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie – Exeter Chiefs
3 John Afoa – Gloucester Rugby
4 Calum Green – Newcastle Falcons
5 Ed Slater – Gloucester Rugby
6 Jamie Gibson – Northampton Saints
7 Don Armand – Exeter Chiefs
8 Sam Simmonds – Exeter Chiefs