Wade scoops unique award double
May 22, 2013
Christian Wade has scored a host of tries for Wasps this season © Getty Images
Wasps flyer Christian Wade completed a unique awards double on Wednesday night when he was named the Rugby Players Association's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
The feat of winning both in one season has never been achieved before with Jonny Wilkinson the only player to have scooped both awards, but with a four year break in between them. Wade has enjoyed a memorable season on the flank for Wasps and finished the campaign with 18 tries to his name.
And Wade has been honoured by his fellow professionals after they opted for him for both awards. For the Player of the Year gong, Leicester's Julian Salvi finished in second with Saracens' Mako Vunipola in third. For the Young Player of the Year award, Wade won with Mako Vunipola in second and his brother Billy in third.
Elsewhere on the evening, Wasps' Joe Launchbury was named England Player of the Year while Dan Norton scooped the equivalent award for Sevens. Emily Scarratt picked up the England Women's Player of the Year while Ieaun Evans was inducted to the RPA Hall of Fame.
Leicester's Geordan Murphy, who will retire at the end of the season, was given the Special Merit Award with Michael Lynagh the recipient of the Blyth Spirit Award. And Ben Youngs' try against Bath for Leicester was given Try of the Season.
The RPA Players' Awards 2013 winners
Players' Player of the Year 2013:
Young Player of the Year 2013:
England Player of the Year 2013:
England Sevens Player of the Year 2013:
England Women's Player of the Year:
RFU Championship Player of the Year 2013:
The RPA Hall of Fame Induction:
Special Merit Award:
RPA Blyth Spirit Award:
Try of the Year:
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