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Ford bags Golden Boot award

Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford has bagged Premiership Rugby’s Golden Boot award after scoring more than 200 points over the course of the season.

Ford amassed 221 points over his 16 league starts, despite international commitments taking him away from club action in November and during the Six Nation, and finished 17 points ahead of runner-up Duncan Weir of Worcester Warriors.

The 26-year-old was announced as the winner of the prize at a star-studded awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, where club captain Tom Youngs was on hand to collect his team-mate’s award.

Following last Saturday’s Round 22 match against Bath, where Ford added a final 16 points to his season’s tally, he said: “Winning this award is obviously an honour, although in my opinion rugby is a team sport and so individual awards don’t mean too much to me.

“I’d swap this trophy in a heartbeat to see Tigers competing back at the top of the league, and so we’ll all be working hard to be better next season.”

Other awards included Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season for Gloucester No10 Danny Cipriani, while Sale Sharks’ 20-year-old back-rower Tom Curry won the Land Rover Discovery of the Season prize.

Sale team-mate Denny Solomona shared the Follador Top Try Scorer award with Northampton Saints scrum-half Cobus Reinach, with both dotting down 12 times over the course of the season – one ahead of Tigers wing Jonny May.

Ford’s Golden Boot recognition comes after being named as Leicester Tigers Player of the Season by the club’s supporters and his playing peers.