A TRY by Mark Foster and a monster tackle by Alex Brown have been crowned the best in the Guinness Premiership this season.
Foster's try came against Harlequins in March and Brown won the Gillette Power Award, won for a big hit on Sale's Sebastian Chabal. The pair were honoured at a dinner in London this week.
Marco Bortolami was also named as captain of the Sky Dream Team and was selected alongside Andy Hazell.
The top award went to Leicester Tigers' Italian international prop, Martin Castrogiovanni, who was named Guinness Premiership Player of the Season.
The panel felt that Castrogiovanni's contribution for Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership, as well as in the EDF Energy Cup and Heineken Cup, had been central to the success of his team, which may still achieve a unique treble.
Premier Rugby's Rugby Manager, Phil Winstanley said, "In his first season in the Guinness Premiership, Martin has been a rock for Leicester Tigers in what may yet be the most successful season in the club's history. His enormous contribution was recognised by the panel in a position in the front row that isn't widely recognised".
Castrogiovanni is the second overseas player to win the award, after Gloucster Rugby's Jake Boer won in season 2002/3.
Shane Jennings of Leicester Tigers was confirmed as the runner up and Bristol Rugby's Roy Winters was in third place.
In the young player category, the Land Rover Discovery of the Season Award, it was a clean sweep for London Wasps players.
Tom Rees was confirmed as the Land Rover Discovery of the Season, with back row colleague James Haskell in second place and centre Dominic Waldouck in third.
The selection for this award was the hardest decision for the panel, with the judges variously describing it as "sensationally difficult" and "tougher than the main award".
Phil Winstanley added, "At one stage I think we had a three way tie for this award. In the end, the panel felt in Tom Rees we had a player who had moved on from being a support player in his club squad, to be first choice with his club and an England international.
Whilst the other nominees had performed exceptionally well, the panel felt Tom had done so more consistently throughout the season."
Pat Howard of Leicester Tigers was rewarded for his team's success in reaching the final of all three tournaments with the award of the O2 Director of Rugby of the Season.
Having already won the EDF Energy Cup, Howard takes his side to Twickenham on successive weekends to play firstly Gloucester Rugby and then London Wasps in an effort to achieve an unprecedented treble.
The panel also commended Richard Hill for his work in taking Bristol Rugby into the top four of the Guinness Premiership and Gloucester Rugby's Dean Ryan for finishing the league season in first place with a squad of exciting young English players.
They also commended Alan Gaffney for establishing Saracens as serious title challengers after several seasons outside the top four.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.