Joe Launchbury wins Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for November
Last Updated: 18/12/12 4:58pm
Joe Launchbury: Named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for November
London Wasps and England international forward Joe Launchbury has been voted Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for November.
Although Launchbury only played in one Premiership game during the month, a 29-24 defeat to Saracens, the award is based on performances in all competitions played by Premiership players.
The 21-year-old lock was named England's man of the series for his breakthrough performances during the QBE autumn internationals.
"There are so many fantastic players across the Aviva Premiership that I'm both surprised and chuffed to be given this award."
The former Worthing man made his England debut as a replacement in the victory over Fiji and he also made an impact off the bench against Australia to earn the starting jersey for the game against South Africa and the record 38-21 triumph over world champions New Zealand.
Launchbury expressed his surprise at landing the gong and his sole focus now is helping the Londoners climb the Aviva Premiership table.
"There are so many fantastic players across the Aviva Premiership that I'm both surprised and chuffed to be given this award," said Launchbury.
"November was a great month for me personally and I really enjoyed playing with two teams - both England and Wasps - playing some really good rugby.
"My focus now is on helping my club in three very important league games against Sale, London Welsh and Bath."
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young added: "Congratulations to Joe on more recognition on what has been a fantastic few weeks for him. This is very well deserved and I am sure it is one of many accolades that will come his way in the years ahead.
"Joe has had an incredible few weeks when the world got to see the abilities, which those at Adams Park have been aware of for some time," said Judging Panel chairman, Paul Morgan.
"He was one of the stand-out players in the 2011-12 season and has picked up where he left off. The great thing you couldn't meet a more down to earth young man. He's set for a wonderful career."
Launchbury continued: "Aviva have kindly given me £500 to donate to the charity of my choice - and I would like to give this to the London Wasps Official Charity, Mind who are the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
"They do some fantastic work in supporting people with mental health problems and raising awareness of the issue and we are working very closely with them as a club."
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