Armitage brothers nominated

PRA awards shortlists announced

Last Updated: 23/04/09 10:10am

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Shortlisted: Steffon (left) and Delon Armitage

Shortlisted: Steffon (left) and Delon Armitage

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England pair Delon and Steffon Armitage are both up for honours in this year's Professional Rugby Players' Association awards.

"It's a tremendous honour to be nominated by my peers for this award, and for Steffon and I both to be nominated is a fabulous surprise and a proud moment for our family."
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The brothers, who play for London Irish and made their England debuts earlier this season, feature on shortlists released ahead of the May 13 ceremony.

Full-back Delon starred for England throughout the autumn Tests and RBS Six Nations Championship, although he was overlooked for a place in the British and Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer.

He is among five nominees for the prestigious players' player of the year, joining club colleague Seilala Mapusua, Northampton back Ben Foden, Newcastle fly-half Tom May and Sale Sharks back-row forward Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Mapusua has been a key figure in the London Irish back division this term, Foden shone for Northampton at both full-back and scrum-half and May earned plaudits after stepping in at fly-half following Jonny Wilkinson's latest serious injury.

Unsung hero

Argentina international Lobbe, meanwhile, is one of the Premiership's unsung heroes, producing consistently high-class displays in a Sale side that could still reach the play-offs.

Steffon Armitage will contest the young player of the year award, alongside Foden, Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care, Leicester flanker Tom Croft - the shock Lions squad omission - and Quins centre Jordan Turner-Hall.

"It's a tremendous honour to be nominated by my peers for this award, and for Steffon and I both to be nominated is a fabulous surprise and a proud moment for our family," Delon Armitage said.

"This has been a remarkable season for me, which will hopefully continue beyond this weekend, and to be nominated alongside the outstanding names on this list is a privilege I am both proud and humble to receive."

And Steffon added: "This season has been better than I dared to dream, and to be recognised by our fellow players for these awards is a huge honour."

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