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Sam Simmonds has scored a record 20 Premiership tries this season; the 26-year-old was named the Rugby Players’ Association Player of the Year earlier this month; Exeter Chiefs No 8 will tour South Africa with British and Irish Lions over the summer

Last update: 06/18/21 12:26 PM

Sam Simmonds was named Premiership Player of the Season

Exeter forward Sam Simmonds has been named the Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season.

Simmonds, who will tour South Africa with the British and Irish Lions next month, has scored a record 20 Premiership tries this season.

He has proven to be a defining figure behind Exeter reaching the Premiership playoffs – they host the Sale Sharks on Saturday – after finishing second behind the Bristol regular season table tops.

No.8 Simmonds edged out opening half and Harlequins runner-up Marcus Smith to take home the award, Premiership Rugby said, while Exeter flanker Dave Ewers finished third.

Smith finished the regular season as the Premiership’s leading scorer, amassing 270 points, including eight tries.

The other three shortlisted players for the award were Bristol pair Steven Luatua and Piers O’Conor, in addition to Leicester full-back forward Jasper Wiese.

Exeter’s Skinner and Ewers banned for play-offs

Sam Simmonds: Exeter Chiefs forward wins Gallagher Premiership player of the season |  Rugby Union News

Sam Skinner was sent off for a dangerous tackle in last weekend’s win over Sale

Exeter forwards Sam Skinner and Dave Ewers have been suspended and will miss the Chiefs Gallagher Premiership play-off against the Sale Sharks on Saturday.

Scottish lock Skinner was sent off for a dangerous tackle in last weekend’s 20-19 regular season victory over Sale, while flanker Ewers was cited for a dangerous tackle in the same game.

Rugby Football Union said both players appeared before an independent online disciplinary panel and each received a four-week suspension.

This means they will also miss the Premiership final at Twickenham on June 26 if Exeter defeats Sale.

The RFU said both players disputed the charges, but they were confirmed by the disciplinary panel.

In a statement, the panel said: “Both cases involved direct contact with the head of an opponent who presented a high degree of danger.

“None of the mitigating factors stated in World Rugby’s primary contact process that would have justified the red card being otherwise reduced to a yellow card were present.

“Neither player accepted the charge and therefore the full mitigation credit was not available to them.”

It’s a major double setback for Exeter, who is aiming to reach a sixth consecutive Premiership final.

Victory over Sale at Sandy Park would meet at Twickenham with Bristol or Harlequins.

Sale, meanwhile, will also be without key players for the game, with opening half AJ MacGinty and flanker Cameron Neild both out with injuries.

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