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Sam Davies named Junior Player of the Year
ESPN Staff
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."

Previous Winners:
2012 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Jan Serfontein (South Africa)
2011 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: George Ford (England)
2010 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Julian Savea (New Zealand)
2009 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
2008 - IRB Junior Player of the Year: Luke Braid (New Zealand)
2007 - IRB International Under 19 Player of the Year: Robert Fruean (New Zealand)
2006 - IRB International Under 19 Player of the Year: Josh Holmes (Australia)
2006 - IRB International Under 21 Player of the Year: Lionel Beauxis (France)
2005 - IRB International Under 19 Player of the Year: Isaia Toeava (New Zealand)
2005 - IRB International Under 21 Player of the Year: Tatafua Polota-Nau (Australia)
2004 - IRB International Under 19 Player of the Year: Jeremy Thrush (New Zealand)
2004 - IRB International Under 21 Player of the Year: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)
2003 - IRB Under 19 Player of the Year: Jean Baptiste Payras (France)
2003 - IRB Under 21 Player of the Year: Ben Atiga (New Zealand)
2002 - IRB Under 19 Player of the Year: Luke McAlister (New Zealand)
2002 - IRB Under 21 Player of the Year: Pat Bernard (South Africa)
2001 - IRB Young Player of the Year: Gavin Henson (Wales)

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