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Christian Wade wins two awards from the Rugby Players' Association

Last Updated: 23/05/13 3:36pm

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Christian Wade: scored 18 tries in 26 appearances this season

Christian Wade: scored 18 tries in 26 appearances this season

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Wasps wing Christian Wade has scooped a unique double at the Rugby Players' Association awards.

The 22-year-old has been named both the Players' Player of the year and Young Player of the Year following a spectacular season.

Wade scored 18 tries in 26 appearances and finished as the Aviva Premiership's joint leading try-scorer along with Wasps team-mate Tom Varndell with 12 tries.

Jonny Wilkinson is the only other player to win both RPA awards, but he did so in different years, taking the young player trophy in 1999 and the main award in 2003.

"I didn't know that. I am really shocked and humbled," Wade said. "When it is the players who you play week-in, week-out it makes it that more special. It is the greatest feeling to have the respect of your peers.

"Looking at the quality of the nominees in both awards I didn't expect to win and I am thankful to come out on top."

Wade won the Players' Player of the Year award ahead of Leicester flanker Julian Salvi with Saracens and England prop Mako Vunipola in third.

Vunipola finished runner-up in the Young Player of the Year award with his brother, the Saracens-bound Wasps No 8 Billy, in third.

Wasps were strongly represented with lock Joe Launchbury named the Monitise England Player of the Year for 2012-2013.

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