Sam Davies named Junior Player of the Year
June 23, 2013
Wales Under-20s fly-half Sam Davies has been named the International Rugby Board's Junior Player of the Year.
The Ospreys youngster, the son of former Wales captain and current Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies, edged out England No.8 Jack Clifford and New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea for the honour.
Davies, whose side were beaten by England in the Junior World Championship final on Sunday, is only the second Welshman to win the award after Gavin Henson's triumph in 2001.
"He is a magnificent fly half and he brought this tournament to life with his skills and determination," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset. "He was pivotal for Wales in some crucial matches, including kicking the conversion which saw them reach their first JWC final, and he has the potential to be a future star of world Rugby. He is a fantastic young player and I wish him all the best for his career ahead."
Davies said: "It is an honour, just to see the names of the other people that have had it before me, it makes it extra special. I'm gutted with the result today but this is a bonus picking up this Award."
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