The Judging Panel

Jeremy Guscott

Jeremy Guscott is widely regarded as the finest outside centre produced by England. He won 65 caps for his country, scoring 143 points and was selected for three Lions tours, 1989, 1993 and 1997. In South Africa, in 1997 he kicked the last minute drop goal in the decisive second Test. He also made 266 appearances for his club Bath. He is a full time pundit for BBC and regular columnist in The Rugby Paper.

Catherine Spencer

Catherine captained England from 2007 to 2010 in which time the No.8 led England to three successive RBS 6 Nations titles, two Nations Cup crowns and the 2010 World Cup final which England narrowly lost 13-10 to reigning world champions New Zealand. Catherine, who played for Bristol, Bath, Worcester, Folkestone and Cardiff University in an outstanding career, won 63 caps before retiring in 2011.

Jeff Probyn

Jeff Probyn is an English former Rugby Union player and made three hundred first team appearances for Wasps. Jeff was selected in England’s squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup and he made his international debut in 1988, at the age of 31, against France. Jeff is still very active in the rugby world and is a regular columnist in The Rugby Paper. He is currently a member of Rugby Football Union Disciplinary panel.

Nick Cain

Nick Cain is a leading authority on the game after 30 years as a roving correspondent, and is The Rugby Paper’s chief writer. He has covered all seven World Cups since the tournament’s inception in 1987, and has reported on seven Lions tours since 1989, whether for the Sunday Times, Rugby World — which he edited from 1984-1993 — or The Rugby Paper. He has written a number of books on the game, and is the co-author of the acclaimed “Behind The Rose”, and its predecessor, “Behind The Lions”, and also co-authored Jeremy Guscott’s “Lions Diary”, recording the player’s triumphant 1997 tour of South Africa.

How the Judging Panel has been selected

The Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards’ judging panel comprises of four high profile personalities from the world of rugby, collectively representing expertise from every facet of the game. This is crucial since only judges with direct knowledge and understanding of rugby will be asked to join the judging panel and assess the final nominees.

The Judging Process

The final nominees will be decided on a judging day at Twickenham and without reference to the organisers; The judges will mark every element of the final nominees from each category, We believe that this ensures that all winners are fairly chosen in a process which is totally transparent and robust. The winner of each category will not be revealed until the award’s is presented. The six finalists from each category will be revealed on the website six weeks before the awards and the nominees will be informed directly by the event organisers.