While Pontypridd rightly scooped a number of the awards at Tuesday evening’s end-of-season Principality Premiership dinner, Llandovery aces Lee Rees and Rhodri Williams both received recognition for their excellent seasons
Llandovery and Wales Under 20 scrum half Rhodri Williams was shortlisted for both the Player of the Year and Best Newcomer awards but was pipped at the post by Pontypridd lock Chris Dicomidis for the former, and by Neath wing Dafydd Howells for the latter.
But Rhodri did make it, along with Lee Rees, into the Principality Premiership Dream Team chosen by Premiership coaches, which was:
Lee Rees (Llandovery); Elliot Frewen (Newport), Nick Reynolds (Llanelli), Dafydd Lockyer (Pontypridd), Rory Budinha (Bedwas); Dai Flanagan (Pontypridd), Rhodri Williams (Llandovery);
Rob Evans (Carmarthen Quins), Gerwyn Price (Cross Keys), Ian Jones (Carmarthen Quins), James Thomas (Bedwas), Chris Dicomidis (Pontypridd), Lee Evans (Neath), Dan Thomas (Llanelli), Dan Godfrey (Pontypridd)
Our picture shows Lee and Rhodri in action against Swansea at the start of this season.
WRU Head of Rugby Joe Lydon used the evening to give full credit to the contribution of the Premiership division: "It's been a superb season for the Principality Premiership. Pontypridd were deserving winners but there have been competitive games throughout the year and the likes of Llandovery and Bedwas were particularly impressive.
The Premiership plays a vital role in progressing players further along the pathway and you only have to look at the players going to Japan to see the part the Principality Premiership clubs have played in their development. The average age of a match day squad across the whole of the league was under 24 this season and this is vital in giving young players the chance to impress."
Joe didn’t mention whether we might expect to see any increase in the broadcasting of Premiership games next season.
The full WRU website report of the Awards evening can be seen here