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Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season shortlist announced

Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season shortlist announced
Five Directors of Rugby, including Gloucester Rugby’s Johan Ackermann, who have enjoyed exceptional campaigns have been shortlisted for the Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season award.

In what has been one of the most competitive Gallagher Premiership Rugby seasons, the men at the helm have had it all to do as the battle for League positions intensified over nine months of competition.

And with the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final fast approaching the long list has been whittled down to just five thanks to a panel of judges, including a first-ever public vote.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 22 May at the star-studded 2019 Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher, and the full Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season shortlist is:

Johan Ackermann – Gloucester Rugby

Rob Baxter – Exeter Chiefs

Chris Boyd – Northampton Saints

Pat Lam – Bristol Bears

Mark McCall - Saracens

While McCall and Baxter have won this accolade before – the former on three occasions – Ackermann, Boyd and Lam are all looking to take home the prize for the first time.

While nearly 4,000 fans voted through the official Premiership Rugby app, the judging panel was completed by Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Robert Kitson (The Guardian), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), Owen Slot (The Times) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN), with Premiership Rugby Communications Director Paul Morgan chairing the panel.

Along with the winner of the Ricoh Director of the Season, the winners of the following awards will also be announced at the 2019 Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher:

Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Season

Land Rover Discovery of the Season

BT Sport Dream Team

Gallagher Community Player of the Season

Premiership Rugby 7s Player of the Season

Top Try Scorer of the Season

Gilbert Golden Boot

Citizen Try of the Season

The winners at the 2019 Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher, will be announced first on Twitter via the @premrugby account. Use hashtag #PremRugbyAwards to join the conversation.
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