Discovery of the Season Award 2015
Exeter Chiefs starlet Henry Slade's impressive performances in the Aviva Premiership see him recognised at the end-of-season awards.
Exeter Chiefs fly half, Henry Slade has been named the Land Rover Discovery of The Season for the 2014/15 season, claiming the award at the Aviva Premiership Rugby awards.
Slade was presented with his award by Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK.
This Land Rover Discovery of The Season award is designed to recognise the most impressive young player in the Aviva Premiership each season and reward them for their outstanding contribution to the competition. Slade follows in the footsteps of some special talents; previous winners have included Manu Tuilagi, Joe Launchbury and Saracens no.8 Billy Vunipola who received the accolade last year. To celebrate Slade’s achievement, he will have the opportunity to become a Land Rover ambassador.
A panel of judges was responsible for deciding the winner of this year’s award, however Slade had tough competition from an impressive shortlist of nominees, including Exeter Chiefs team mate Jack Nowell, Wasps centre Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje from Saracens and Jack Clifford of Harlequins.
Upon receiving the award Slade commented: “It is a real shock to have won the Land Rover Discovery of The Season award, but I am incredibly pleased; it’s a genuine honour. There were some really impressive players on the shortlist, so to win is incredible. "
It is a real shock to have won the Land Rover Discovery of The Season award, but I am incredibly pleased; it’s a genuine honour.
"I am part of a great team at Exeter Chiefs and am constantly learning and improving; this season has shown what a strong set up we have at the club. To win this award and get the opportunity to work with Land Rover is very exciting and caps off a memorable season for me".
Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover UK added: “Henry has had an outstanding season with Exeter Chiefs and is fully deserving of his award. At Land Rover we are proud to support rugby at all levels, through grassroots rugby initiatives like the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup all the way to the highest level of the game, such as Rugby World Cup 2015. Identifying players like Henry who make a contribution to the sport, is incredibly important.”