Launched last season, the LV= Breakthrough Player Award 2011-12 unearthed some future international stars and this season’s shortlist of nominees is no different.
Designed to recognise the outstanding young players competing in the LV= Cup, a shortlist of ten nominees from this seasons tournament has been drawn up and includes Marland Yarde.
Eight of the nominees have been chosen based on their match statistics during the pool stages of the tournament. Completing the shortlist of ten nominees are two players that registered incredible overall statistics throughout all four initial rounds of the tournament.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s victor Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), the 2012-13 LV= Cup Breakthrough Player will donate £1,000 to a grassroots rugby initiative of his choice, as well as taking home the LV= Breakthrough Player trophy.
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Metres – 9
Defenders Beaten – 6
Initial Break – 2
Tackles – 7
Try Scored - 3
Fresh from his impressive performance for the Exiles in their Round 3 win over Worcester, Marland Yarde’s match statistics reflect the winger’s efforts, including two clean line breaks, three dominant carries and evading six tackles. The 20-year-old was the top metre-maker of all players on the pitch, with 90m over the gainline to his name. He also made seven tackles at a 100% success rate, including winning a turnover.
Show your "Exile-Style" and wear it with pride!