SA players overlooked

No South African players plying their trade in England were recognised when the shortlist for England’s Professional Rugby Players’ Association player of the year award was announced.

Two former All Blacks though were amongst the five names, while ex-South African Mike Catt was also included.

Carlos Spencer and Justin Marshall were included in just theoir first year in England. They are joined Bristol scrumhalf Shaun Perry and Sale flanker Jason White.

The young player shortlist is: Jon Clarke (Northampton), Magnus Lund, (Sale), Tom Rees (Wasps), Mathew Tait (Newcastle) and Tom Varndell (Leinster).