Aviva Premiership
Wade scoops unique award double
ESPN Staff
May 22, 2013
London Wasps wing Christian Wade delights the Wasps faithful by leaping high before scoring. London Wasps v Saracens, Aviva Premiership, Adams Park, Wycombe, England, March 30, 2013
Christian Wade has scored a host of tries for Wasps this season © Getty Images

Wasps flyer Christian Wade completed a unique awards double on Wednesday night when he was named the Rugby Players Association's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

The feat of winning both in one season has never been achieved before with Jonny Wilkinson the only player to have scooped both awards, but with a four year break in between them. Wade has enjoyed a memorable season on the flank for Wasps and finished the campaign with 18 tries to his name.

And Wade has been honoured by his fellow professionals after they opted for him for both awards. For the Player of the Year gong, Leicester's Julian Salvi finished in second with Saracens' Mako Vunipola in third. For the Young Player of the Year award, Wade won with Mako Vunipola in second and his brother Billy in third.

Elsewhere on the evening, Wasps' Joe Launchbury was named England Player of the Year while Dan Norton scooped the equivalent award for Sevens. Emily Scarratt picked up the England Women's Player of the Year while Ieaun Evans was inducted to the RPA Hall of Fame.

Leicester's Geordan Murphy, who will retire at the end of the season, was given the Special Merit Award with Michael Lynagh the recipient of the Blyth Spirit Award. And Ben Youngs' try against Bath for Leicester was given Try of the Season.

The RPA Players' Awards 2013 winners

Players' Player of the Year 2013:
1. Christian Wade - London Wasps
2. Julian Salvi - Leicester Tigers
3. Mako Vunipola - Saracens

Young Player of the Year 2013:
1. Christian Wade - London Wasps
2. Mako Vunipola - Saracens
3. Billy Vunipola - London Wasps

England Player of the Year 2013:
Joe Launchbury - London Wasps

England Sevens Player of the Year 2013:
Dan Norton

England Women's Player of the Year:
Emily Scarratt

RFU Championship Player of the Year 2013:
Tim Streather - Nottingham Rugby

The RPA Hall of Fame Induction:
Ieuan Evans (Wales and British & Irish Lions)

Special Merit Award:
Geordan Murphy ( Leicester Tigers, Ireland and British & Irish Lions)

RPA Blyth Spirit Award:
Michael Lynagh (Saracens and Australia)

Try of the Year:
Ben Youngs - Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers, Round 21, April 20 2013

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