Quartet of stars in race to be the county's best
CINDERFORD winger Nev Codlin will face Old Centralians' top-scorer Liam Hemming, Tewkesbury stalwart Adrian Bishop and England star Ceri Large for the Rugby Player of the Year (18 and over) gong at the Gloucestershire Echo and Citizen Sports Awards.
The winner of the inaugural title will be decided in a glittering awards ceremony at the Hatherley Manor Hotel on November 21.
The category was introduced this year in a bid to recognise the wealth of talent our rugby county has, and covers grassroots and semi-professional players.
Pacy wing Codlin was Cinderford's top try-scorer last year, crashing over 18 times in one season, as the Foresters finished 11th in National One.
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His free-scoring antics earned him England Counties selection for the summer tour as well as a call-up to the Gloucester Sevens squad.
Codlin helped the Cherry and Whites win the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens titles and was drafted in to compete in the World Sevens Series at Twickenham.
Boss and former Gloucester prop Andy Deacon believes this is a proud moment for the club.
Deacon said: "Nev works very hard but is also so naturally talented.
"The awards raise the profile of the club, and encourage other to keep working hard.
"If you work hard, show dedication and talent and your team are doing well, you could win this sort of accolade."
Player-of-the-year and Cents' free-scoring centre Liam Hemming was prolific for the Painswick Road outfit last season, as they secured South West One East promotion.
Hemming, 21, scored 34 tries for Cents last season, after playing 100 consecutive games for the club over three season and scoring over 400 points.
His attacking prowess earned him a summer playing contract with Australian outfit Wanneroos.
Hemming could be making his return to Cents at the beginning of December, and player/coach Ben Slatter believes this will lift the club after a tough start to their National Three campaign.
Slatter said: "Liam is a team player, he works hard and is one of the nicest lads you'll ever meet.
"He creates tries and he can finish them off. He spots gaps, he's very quick, he has great feet and he can usually beat the first man. Once he gets going, he's gone.
"His nomination is another great achievement for the club. To be recognised is fantastic and it will be a big boost. We could never have imagined a Cents player would get nominated."
England fly-half Ceri Large is targeting a spot in the 2014 Rugby World Cup next year after a meteoric rise.
The former Drybrook star now plays for Worcester, and has just been selected for the England Elite Playing Squad for this season.
The 22-year-old made her England debut in 2011 against France, and was England vice-captain in three of the four Nations Cup games contested this summer.
Large, a former Dene Magna School pupil, has earned 21 England caps, scoring two tries against Scotland in a 76-0 thrashing in this year's Six Nations, and helping England to secure the Grand Slam.
She is now in the running for a starting berth in the Autumn Interational Series in November and will also have a chance to contest the Six Nations next year.
Club stalwart Adrian Bishop has played for Tewkesbury for over 30 years and contributes to all walks of club life.
Last season he played for all four sides in three different leagues, and is available to play whenever needed.
Bishop is integral to club life. Alongside his playing duties, Bishop's commitment to junior rugby and the promotion of the game to the stars of the future has had a marked impact on the club.
He is the committee chairman for junior rugby and has established links between the club and Tewkesbury School, who now play all games from the club. Bishop continues to serve on the management committee of the club as well as taking on the responsibility of the club kitchen, running the line on occasion and acting as sponge man.