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Alex Goode of Saracens has been named Aviva Premiership player of the season.

Alex Goode honoured as Saracens sweep awards

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Alex Goode has been crowned Aviva Premiership player of the season for 2015-16 in an unprecedented hat-trick of awards for Saracens.

An outstanding campaign at Allianz Park has seen the new European champions further decorated with Mark McCall being named director of rugby of the season and Maro Itoje winning discovery of the season.

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Goode, considered among the most naturally gifted players in the English game, has been magnificent throughout the campaign and was instrumental in Saracens' march to a first Champions Cup title, won at the expense of Racing 92 in Saturday's final.

The 28-year-old has played second fiddle to Mike Brown as England's full-back, but his form could see him installed at 15 for the summer tour to Australia.

"Alex Goode has been one of the Premiership's most consistent performers for a number of seasons, but in this campaign has been hugely influential in Saracens' success and has produced some of the best form of his career," Premiership Rugby director Phil Winstanley said.

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"Alex's quick feet, game management, kicking game and exceptional distribution skills have been the platform for a number of Saracens' victories this season."

Goode was joined on the player of the season shortlist by Wasps duo George Smith and Charles Piutau, Saracens team-mate Itoje and Exeter's Gareth Steenson and Don Armand.

Second row Itoje celebrated a stellar season for Saracens and England by being recognised as the competition's best young player - he has been making headlines despite still only being 21- while McCall claimed the director of rugby award for the third time.

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