22 May 13
See how the Etihad Airways', Fly With The Best, Train With The Best competition winners got on at their exclusive behind the scenes training day at Harlequins' training ground
Following in the footsteps of Charlie Sharples, Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs, a twenty strong group of emerging stars will be whittled down to six by a panel - chaired by former Rugby World Magazine editor, Paul Morgan - of rugby experts: Martin Bayfield (ITV), Ieuan Evans (Sky), Gywn Jones (S4C) and Gavin Mairs (Telegraph).
The player with the highest number of nominations will receive a Tag Heuer watch plus £1,000 donated to a local grassroots club of their choice and of course, the inaugural LV= Cup Breakthrough Player trophy.
The 20 shortlist*, selected by Paul Morgan, now Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby, includes at least one player from all sixteen LV= Cup clubs.
The LV= Cup is credited for playing a crucial role in the development of elite players and the introduction of the LV= Breakthrough Player Award aims to recognise and celebrate this talent.
Voting begins on Monday 6 February via www.LV.com/rugby , and closes at midnight on Sunday 11 March. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 13 March.
*LV= Cup Breakthrough Player 20 shortlist:
Bath Rugby - Olly Woodburn & Tom Heathcote
Saracens - Jamie George
London Wasps - Elliot Daly
Ospreys - Matthew Morgan
London Irish - Jonathan Joseph & Steve Shingler
Leicester Tigers - George Ford & Sam Harrison
Cardiff Blues - Dan Fish
Sale Sharks - Rob Miller
Scarlets - Adam Warren & Liam Williams
Harlequins - Luke Wallace
Newcastle Falcons - Joel Hodgson
Gloucester Rugby - Jonny May
Northampton Saints - Jamie Elliott
Exeter Chiefs - Dave Ewers
Newport Gwent-Dragons - Steffan Jones
Worcester Warriors - Matt Kvesic