Glasgow Warriors 2018/19 Player of the Season nominees revealed
The shortlist for the 2018/19 McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season award has been unveiled.
Eight of the club’s outstanding performers have been nominated by the Glasgow Warriors coaching staff, following a season that has seen the club reach a second-ever Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final and secure a place in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series once again.
The winner will be decided by a supporters’ vote and announced at the club’s 2018/19 Awards Dinner, which will be held on Wednesday 1 May at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.
Dave Rennie’s players have enjoyed an impressive campaign to date, securing a PRO14 record for the number of try bonus-points in a single season and becoming the first side from Conference A to book their place in the Final Series.
Supporters can vote here until 12pm on Monday 29 April.
The eight nominees are:
A dynamic presence in the front row, Fraser Brown has enjoyed another impressive campaign at Scotstoun in 2018/19.
The Scotland hooker’s set-piece prowess, coupled with his ability around the contact area, makes him an invaluable member of Dave Rennie’s squad, making 12 appearances this season to date.
Brown has also developed into a key member of the squad’s leadership group over the course of the season.
Whilst his defensive capabilities are no secret, Jonny Gray’s performance against Leinster at the RDS earlier this month left the rugby world lost for words.
A jaw-dropping 43-tackle display saw him claim a new world record for tackles in a single game, the latest in a series of outstanding performances from the Glasgow Warriors second-row.
It has been a campaign full of landmarks for the 25-year-old – having earned his 50th cap for Scotland in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, the Scotstoun crowd rose to acclaim Gray on the occasion of his 100th appearance for the Warriors against Ulster earlier this month.
Having become the club’s most-capped player during the 2017/18 campaign, Rob Harley set a new benchmark for Glasgow Warriors in January by becoming the first player in the club’s history to reach 200 appearances.
The flanker’s tough-tackling approach and ever-impressive leadership makes him a key member of the Warriors pack, racking up over 1600 minutes of game-time in the season so far.
Harley also played in every match in Glasgow’s Heineken Champions Cup run, starting every fixture bar December’s home clash with Lyon.
A second successive McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season nomination is a fine way to cap another impressive season from Matt Fagerson, whose performances at the base of the Glasgow scrum have once again caught the eye.
Winner of the Most Improved Player of the Season award in 2017/18, the back-row has enjoyed a landmark season at Scotstoun after earning his first Scotland cap on the 2018 summer tour.
Included amongst his 19 appearances to date this season have been five tries, including scores away to both Leinster and Saracens.
Tasked with controlling the team from fly-half, Adam Hastings has been at the heart of some of Glasgow’s most inspired attacking performances in 2018/19.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fine campaign in the number ten jersey, guiding the Warriors to a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final and continually keeping defences guessing with his running game.
Hastings has also made an impact from the tee, with the Scotland international currently sitting on an 84% success rate with the boot in the Guinness PRO14.
The 2017/18 McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season, George Horne’s continued streak of outstanding performances has seen him nominated for the award for a second successive season.
One of the best support line-runners in the game, the scrum-half’s eye for the try-line sees him currently sitting on 21 tries in 39 appearances – 11 of which have come throughout the course of this season.
Horne put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Scotstoun earlier this season, ensuring that he will continue to pose a threat to opposition defences across Europe until at least 2021.
A consistently excellent performer in the Warriors midfield, Sam Johnson has transferred his Glasgow form to the international scene with ease this season.
In a season filled with memorable moments, two of Johnson’s stand out in particular – his 45-metre run to the try-line against England at Twickenham in the dark blue shirt of Scotland was backed up by his support line, fend and finish combination against Leinster earlier this month.
Time and again, Johnson’s distribution and running lines have given Rennie’s side a cutting edge in attack, making him a key element in the Warriors back division.
Ali Price returned to his darting best in 2018/19, with his speed of service and eye for a gap up there with the best in the Guinness PRO14.
The scrum-half has posed problems for the best defences in Europe, scoring a second-minute try against Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final and creating opportunities for his team-mates throughout the season.
Price’s game-management has also impressed over the course of the season, as he helped his side reach the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for the second season in succession.