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Premiership: Trio nominated for rugby director of the season award

Last Updated: 28/04/14 12:04pm

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Steve Diamond: One of three directors of rugby shortlisted for the Aviva Premiership Award

Steve Diamond: One of three directors of rugby shortlisted for the Aviva Premiership Award

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Mark McCall, Richard Cockerill and Steve Diamond have been shortlisted for this season's Aviva Premiership rugby director of the season award.

McCall of Saracens and Leicester's Cockerill are both previous winners of this award while Diamond of Sale Sharks is hoping to become a first-time recipient.

McCall could still lead his club to a European and domestic double: Saracens reached the Heineken Cup final after beating Clermont on Saturday and, with just two league games remaining, are close to ending the season top of the Premiership table.

"All three on the short-list were presented with their own different challenges and have led their clubs into next season's European Rugby Champions Cup."
Phil Winstanley

Leicester and Sale, meanwhile, have already qualified for the leading event in European club rugby next season and could still emerge triumphant in the Premiership play-offs.

Premiership's director of rugby, Phil Winstanley, said: "All three on the short-list were presented with their own different challenges and have led their clubs into next season's European Rugby Champions Cup."

The winner will be announced at an awards dinner in London on May 15.

Previous Winners:

2012/13: Mark McCall (Saracens)
2011/12: Rob Baxter (Exeter)
2010/11: Jim Mallinder (Northampton)
2009/10: Andy Key (Leeds)
2008/09: Richard Cockerill (Leicester)
2007/08: Dean Ryan (Gloucester)
2006/07: Pat Howard (Leicester)
2005/06: Philippe Saint-Andre (Sale)
2004/05: John Wells (Leicester)
2003/04: John Connolly (Bath)
2002/03: Warren Gatland (Wasps)
2001/02: Conor O'Shea and Brendan Venter (London Irish)
2000/01: Dean Richards (Leicester)
1999/2000: Andy Robinson (Bath)

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