BUCS Super Rugby: Player of the Year 30/03/2017
The Player of the Year award was decided by votes cast by the eight coaches and eight captains of the BUCS Super Rugby teams. In its inaugural year, the award has been jointly won by Tom Lawday of Exeter and Sebastian Negri of Hartpury, each receiving four votes.
Exeter’s no. 8 has had a season to remember, capping off his final year at university as the top try scorer of BUCS Super Rugby and securing a senior academy contract with Exeter Chiefs.
Lawday played in nine BUCS Super Rugby games, where he picked up 10 tries – and then went on to pick up another three tries in the Championship semi-final win against Loughborough. Add to that six Man of the Match wins – it’s easy to see why Lawday has been voted top of university rugby.
In November, Lawday played his first senior game for Exeter Chiefs in round the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Harlequins at the Stoop. Two weeks later, the talented back rower then scored his first try for the Chiefs against Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park.
The Hartpury Captain and now Italian international, Sebastian Negri, has had an incredible rugby journey over the past twelve months. Going into this third and final year of study at Hartpury, Negri was called up by Italian coach Conor O’Shea and made his international debut in a 24 – 20 test match win over the USA in San Jose.
Negri, who was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa has Italian parentage, allowing him to play for the Azzurri.
He then went on to captain Hartpury 1st XV in the inaugural year of BUCS Super Rugby and cemented himself as both a highly respected captain and fierce player on the field.
He led the black and red outfit to win 12 league games and claim the BUCS Super Rugby title – and also make the BUCS Championship final at Twickenham.
Negri studies Sports Business Management and following graduation this summer, has secured a professional contract with Pro 12 Italian outfit Benneton Treviso.