Harry Wells enjoyed a big day on and off the pitch as Leicester Tigers beat defending Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Wells, who turned 24 on Friday, had plenty to celebrate as Tigers recorded a third successive league win, and he picked up August’s Lumbers Player of the Month award and was presented with his 20-game club tie in the dressing rooms after the game.
The second-rower said: “I was really surprised to have been nominated in the first place when I saw it on Twitter, and I was even more surprised to have won it.
“I’m really grateful for all those who voted for me and hopefully I can continue to make everybody proud.”
Wells added: “It’s taken a little while for me to get to 20 games, and I’ve taken a slightly different route to some players, being in Bedford for a few seasons. It has been about four years since my first game for the club.
“You do want to fill the shirt. We speak about leaving the shirt in a better place than it was in when you got it, which I’ve got some big shoes to fill given the calibre of players to have played lock for Tigers previously.
“However, the game has changed substantially and to a certain extent you need to add your own little flair and touches to it.”