Discovery of the Season Award 2014

Recognising the brightest young talents in Premiership Rugby.

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The Land Rover Discovery of the Season award recognises the most impressive young player in the Aviva Premiership each season and rewards them for their outstanding contribution to the competition.

Saracens and England rugby player Billy Vunipola was announced as the winner of the 2013/14 Land Rover Discovery of the Season award for his impressive performances that season. He follows in the footsteps of some special talents; previous winners have included Saracens team mate Owen Farrell and Leicester Tigers and England centre Manu Tuilagi.

Billy Vunipola receives the Land Rover Discovery of the Season Award for the 2013/14 season

Vunipola was one of a shortlist of six players judged to have been the most impressive young performers in the Aviva Premiership this season. Nominees for the award had to be 22 years old or younger on the 1st September 2013 and must have played at least five premiership games in the 2013-14 season.

There was stiff competition for the 2014 prize, with a strong shortlist of nominees, including George Ford and Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby, Gloucester's Elliot Stooke, Northampton Saints winger Jamie Elliott and Owen Williams of Leicester Tigers.

Billy Vunipola enjoys a Land Rover Experience Day"You've just got to trust the car"

The panel of judges eventually chose Vunipola after a stellar debut season with Saracens. The flanker was one of the Aviva Premiership's standout players and delivered in all competitions the London club have been involved in, realising the potential that made him such a coveted acquisition from London Wasps at the end of last season. Vunipola’s performances impressed England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, who deployed him to great effect during the 2014 Six Nations campaign.

I am shocked but incredibly pleased to have won the award. There were some really strong names in the running, who have all had impressive seasons, so to win is a great achievement. I have had a good season and learnt a great deal from the players around me, so to cap it off with this award is very special. It is going to be exciting getting the opportunity to work with Land Rover and one I am looking forward to.

Billy Vunipola

To celebrate Vunipola’s achievement, he was appointed a Land Rover ambassador.