O'Shea lauds Robshaw award
Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw has been named as the Aviva Premiership player of the season.
The 25-year-old won praise from the England management before being cut from the World Cup squad, but was given the armband under head coach Stuart Lancaster in only his second appearance and became the first England captain to steer the side to three away wins in a runner-up finish in this year's Six Nations Championship.
Robshaw missed more than a quarter of his club's games this season but still helped Quins finish on the top of the table, and director of rugby Conor O'Shea feels he fully merits the latest recognition, beating competition from team-mate Mike Brown, Gloucester's Nick Wood and Saracens' Brad Barritt.
"This award is richly deserved," O'Shea said.
"What I like about him is that no matter which accolades come his way or what he achieves we all know what comes first with Chris is the team.
"Chris is the sort of guy who'll never get above himself. For him it is all about the team. He wants nothing more than for the team to be successful."
Saracens' Owen Farrell was named as the Land Rover Discovery of the season award, while Exeter's Rob Baxter picked up the QBR director of rugby of the season for guiding the Chiefs to Heineken Cup qualification.