Jack Willis has added another award to his growing list of personal accolades.
The Wasps flanker has been named as Premiership Rugby’s Land Rover Discovery of the Season for the 2019/20 season.
He beat fellow nominees Louis Rees Zammit (Gloucester), Ben Earl (Saracens/Bristol Bears), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Joe Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) and Ben Curry (Sale Sharks) to receive the honour.
It adds to his RPA Vodafone Business Players’ Player of the Year award he received on Wednesday night. Earlier that day, he was named in BT Sports’ Premiership team of the season, alongside team-mates Jacob Umaga and Zach Kibirige.
Willis was nominated for the same Land Rover Discovery of the Season award in 2017/18, but was pipped to it by Sam Simmonds of Exeter Chiefs.
The last time a Wasps player won the award was in 2007/8 when Danny Cipriani was the recipient, he went on to lift the Premiership title shortly afterwards in what was the club’s most recent major honour.
It wasn’t to be a double celebration for Wasps as head coach Lee Blackett was nominated for the director of rugby award but was pipped to it by Rob Baxter of Exeter Chiefs – Wasps opponents in the Premiership final on Saturday, October 24.
Also nominated were Steve Diamond of Sale Sharks, Pat Lam (Bristol Bears) and Stuart Hooper (Bath).
Willis is likely to be in the running for the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Season too, which is announced at 5.30pm on Friday. Should he win that accolade too, he would be the first to win the two awards in the same season.
Having made 44 turnovers in the Premiership and registering nine tries in the league and 13 overall in a prolific season in both defence and attack.
He has been widely tipped to receive a call-up by Eddie Jones when he names his full England squad for the autumn internationals upon the completion of the 2019/20 domestic season.
The 23-year-old was selected for the 2018 tour to South Africa but suffered major knee and ankle injuries in Wasps’ Premiership semi-final loss to Saracens.
He featured in only three games during the 2018/19 campaign due to a recurrence of his ankle injury, but has made up for lost time this term to help inspire Wasps to rise from tenth to second in the Gallagher Premiership and into the final on October 24.
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