History maker Wade wins awards double

LONDON Wasps’ wing Christian Wade was recognised for his incredible form this season by landing an historic Rugby Players’ Association awards double last night.

The 22-year-old became the first player ever to take home the Computacenter Players’ Player award and the LV= Young Player of the Year award in the same season.

Wade was the joint-top highest try scorer in this season’s Aviva Premiership, with 13, level with team-mate Tom Varndell.

Another from the Adams Park dressing room, Joe Launchbury, was named Monitise England Player of the Year, while Emily Scarratt was England’s Women’s Player of the Year and Gloucester’s Dan Norton won the HSBC England Sevens Player of the Year award.

There was also a special commendation for former Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh, who has made a full recovery after suffering a stroke last year, as the 49-year-old picked up the RPA Blyth Spirit Award, in association with Towergate Insurance.