GKIPA November Player of the month

26/11/2014

MARK BRIGHT is in the running for the Greene King IPA Championship player of the month for the second consecutive time after November's shortlist was unveiled.

Having missed out on September's title the London Scottish No 8 is still riding high at the top of the try scoring table and impressed during the Championship XV fixture against Canada, scoring the opening try at Sixways. The 36-year old has scored 10 tries in nine rounds, three more than Bristol's Augustin Slowik who sits in second place with seven.

Fresh from securing 13-points for Nottingham during their narrow victory over Moseley at the weekend, Dan Mugford is also named. Having been forced to exit the Championship XV squad due to injury, the fly-half returned to impressive action for the Green & Whites, scoring two tries against Cornish Pirates, and proving instrumental in Nottingham's subsequent fixtures against Bristol and Moseley.

Fellow Championship XV back Tom Kessell is also amongst the nominees, selected by a panel of regional and national journalists. The Cornish Pirates scrum-half has started in all nine games for his club, scoring five tries in the process including one during Pirates' 65-14 victory over Bedford Blues last weekend. Identified by head coach Ian Davies as a Premiership contender, Kessell is the first Pirate to be named in the player of the month vote.

Joining the five shortlisted players is former England U20 fly-half Sam Olver. Having joined Moseley on dual-registration from Northampton Saints, the 20-year old brings plenty of experience to the midlands, not least through his involvement in England's triumphant 2014 IRB Junior World Championship squad. Olver has scored 61 points off the boot for Moseley during his six games at the club this season.

Finally, completing the shortlist for November's player of the month is Rotherham Titan's Joel Gill.

A consistently reliable player for the Titans, the outside centre joined the Yorkshire outfit in 2012 and has appeared 42 times for the club. Gill particularly impressed during Rotherham's 6-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire outfit Carnegie, a game which marked the club's first win at Headingly since 2007.

To vote for your Greene King IPA Championship November Player of the Month, visit EnglandRugby.com . Voting closes at midnight on Saturday November 29th. The winner will be announced on Monday December 1st. Only one vote will be registered per person.

Everybody who votes during the competition will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win a day at Twickenham for them and up to nine friends.

Dan Mugford (Nottingham Rugby)
Joel Gill (Rotherham Titans)
Mark Bright (London Scottish)
Tom Kessell (Cornish Pirates)
Sam Olver (Moseley)

Previous winners:
Matthew Morgan (Bristol Rugby) - September Player of the Month

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