Sam Simmonds named European Player of the Year

Date published: October 18 2020

An outstanding European season for Exeter Chiefs has been capped off with their number eight, Sam Simmonds, being named EPCR European Player of the Year 2020.

The England international scored a try as Exeter won the Champions Cup for a first time by beating Racing 92 31-27 at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

He finished as the competition’s top try-scorer, collecting eight touchdowns.

Simmonds, 25, was among five nominations for the European Professional Club Rugby award, along with his team-mate Stuart Hogg, Bristol centre Semi Radradra and the Racing pair of Finn Russell and Virimi Vakatawa.

Simmonds is the fourth English player in five years to receive the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy after Saracens trio Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Alex Goode.

Other previous winners of the accolade include Jonny Wilkinson, Rob Kearney and Leone Nakarawa.