Harlequins have a strong showing in the battle for the coveted Computacenter Players' Player of the Year title with three players from the current league leaders making the shortlist of five.
The Midlands provides two formidable obstacles to the Londoners' claiming the award as Northampton Saint's George Pisi and Leicester Tigers' Steve Mafi stand in the way of Mike Brown, Nick Evans andChris Robshaw.
Four clubs boast nominees for the LV= Young Player of the Year with players from Gloucester, London Wasps, Leicester Tigers and Saracens having been recognised for the significant impression they have made this season.
Saracens' Owen Farrell caps a memorable season for club and country with a nomination by his peers, while Cherry and White backs Jonny May and Freddie Burns go head to head in the West Country.
Leicester Tigers' George Ford will hope to add to his title of IRB Young Player of the Year and Christian Wade, back from injury, will have an extra spring in his step as he lines up for London Wasps' crunch game this weekend following his nomination.
The winners will be announced in front of an audience of stars from the Aviva Premiership and the international game at The RPA Computacenter Players' Awards 2012, to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 23rd May. The Awards will be broadcast on Sky Sports' Rugby Club.
The nominations in full are:
COMPUTACENTER PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2012
Mike Brown - Harlequins
Nick Evans - Harlequins
Steve Mafi - Leicester Tigers
George Pisi - Northampton Saints
Chris Robshaw - Harlequins
LV= YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2012
Freddie Burns - Gloucester Rugby
Owen Farrell - Saracens
George Ford - Leicester Tigers
Jonny May - Gloucester Rugby
Christian Wade - London Wasps
To qualify for the LV= Young Player of the Year Award, players must have been 23 or under at the start of the 2011/12 season.
Quotes from Computacenter Players' Player of the Year nominees:
Mike Brown: "I'm really happy to have been nominated by my fellow peers in the Aviva Premiership. I wouldn't be on the list without my team mates and coaches. It has been a massive team effort. It's great to see three Quins' players nominated as it shows how far we have come this season."
George Pisi: "I am truly shocked and humbled that I've been nominated by my fellow peers. It's been a blessing to have had this opportunity to play in the Aviva Premiership. I hope that my performance and that of the team gets us to the final at Twickenham and we can win it for Saints"
Steve Mafi: "I am enjoying my rugby here at Leicester and it's a great honour to be included in the nominations for this award. I'd like to thank any player who voted for me."
Nick Evans: "It's a real privilege to have been nominated for the Computacenter Players' Player of the Year Award and thank you to the players who voted for me and to my team mates and coaches for putting me in this position. Hopefully it will be a Quins' name on the trophy this year with Chris and Mike also in the running, but the Leicester and Northampton boys have played brilliantly this season so anyone deserves to win it."
Chris Robshaw: "It's a massive honour to have made the shortlist. It means so much when you know you have earned the respect of other players in the Aviva Premiership and I'd like to thank anyone who voted for me. The shortlist is made up of some fantastic players and it's brilliant to see two of my team mates on there too. It's great to have that recognition and hopefully we can live up to it in the next huge games for Quins."
Quotes from LV= Young Player of the Year nominees:
Freddie Burns: "There I was having a gentle mid-afternoon nap when I get a text to call the RPA and I hear I've been nominated for LV= Young Player of the Year. Now that was well worth waking up for. Sweet! I have to say it's a total shock, but it's a really nice feeling to know you are held in high regard by your fellow players in the Aviva Premiership. That's special knowing other players have voted. When you see all the guys on the shortlist and you know how well they've gone this season, it feels great that you have been put on that level. I know all these guys well from age-group level so I'm pleased for all of them, although to be honest it will be a nightmare if Jonny May wins as he'll be rubbing it in every day for months!" [Laughs]
Jonny May: "My first reaction is that I'm completely humbled. To hear the names of the other guys on the shortlist is humbling because I have so much respect for them and they have played so well this season. I couldn't stand to see Freddie win it though because no doubt he would gloat to all the women about it - he already backs himself as a ladies man!" [Laughs]
Owen Farrell: "It's a massive honour to be voted for by the rest of the players. You spend every week playing against these guys, trying to prove yourself, so for some players to have nominated me feels brilliant. I've enjoyed every minute of the season and have picked up so much from the guys I play alongside week in week out in the Aviva Premiership."
George Ford: "It's a massive honour to be voted for by the players and as you'd expect I'm really happy to have been nominated! But it's due to the team effort and I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity I have this season. I know all the guys on the list and especially Owen Farrell who I've known for last six or seven years and it's just nice to have made the same list as some of these guys who are playing in the Aviva Premiership week in and week out."
Christian Wade: "I'm so chuffed. I can't really believe it. I've loved every second of the games I've played this season, but having been injured for a while from January I didn't think I would have made that much of an impression on the other guys. This news has been a real boost going into such an important match this weekend and I really hope we can win it for all of the Wasps' fans who have supported us so well."
Damian Hopley, RPA CEO : "To be voted the best player in the Aviva Premiership by your peers remains the ultimate domestic honour and I would like to congratulate all players who have made the respected shortlists for The Computacenter Players' Player of the Year and the LV= Young Player of the Year awards. After a transformational Six Nations campaign for England, it is very encouraging to see that once again all the nominees for the Young Player Award are English qualified, which bodes well for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The RPA Computacenter Players' Awards is a momentous night for our members. It gives players an opportunity to honour their colleagues while also raising valuable funds for The RPA Benevolent Fund - the Professional Players' Charity."