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Wasps' Christian Wade nominated for award

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Prolific London Wasps try-scorer Christian Wade has been rewarded for his stunning campaign with a nomination for this season's Aviva Premiership player of the season award. 

The local lad from High Wycombe is just 21 and has been in scintillating form this season bagging 11 Premiership tries for his side. 

His consistent point scoring has not got unnoticed and has raised the question of whether Wade should be receiving a call up to the British and Irish Lions tour in Australia this summer.

Two current England internationals join Wade on the list of the six nominated - Leicester hooker Tom Youngs and Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care have both had strong seasons for club and country.  

The final spots for the award are occupied by Saracens skipper Steve Borthwick, Gloucester's Fijian forward Akapusi Qera and Leicester flanker Julian Salvi. 

Premiership Rugby director Phil Winstanley has spoken to the BBC about the awards strong number of potential candidates.

"We are delighted to see the awards continue to grow," he said. "We have enjoyed another breathtaking season on the pitch with so many matches going down to the wire,"

"The length of the deliberations for the awards reflects the current standard of Aviva Premiership Rugby - we had so many compelling candidates."

The shortlist of nominations was compiled by top media professionals in the rugby world, the winner of the accolade will be announced on May 9 at an awards dinner in London. 

Previous winners of the Premiership award include current England captain Chris Robshaw as well as Saracens flying winger Chris Ashton.

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