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Rob Baxter of the Exeter Chiefs shortlisted for Rugby Union Writers’ Club Personality of the Year for 2020 |  Rugby news


Exeter Chiefs rugby manager Rob Baxter is shortlisted, along with retired referee Nigel Owens, former Samoa international Dan Leo, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and scrum France Antoine Dupont

Last updated: 12/31/20 14:09 pm

Exeter Chiefs rugby manager Rob Baxter has been nominated after guiding his team to the Premiership and Champions Cup glory for the past decade.

Exeter’s remarkable double season was recognized on the Rugby Union Writers’ Club’s nominees for Personality of the Year for 2020.

Rugby director Rob Baxter is one of three non-players to be among the five names vying for the coveted Pat Marshall Memorial Award, currently held by South African captain Siya Kolisi.

Baxter’s appointment comes just a day after the announcement that he will receive a OBE in the list of New Year’s honors, with Chiefs captain and half-flyby Joe Simmonds received an MBE.

In 10 years, Baxter has transformed Exeter from newcomers to the dominant force Premiership in Europe after Racing 92 and Wasps were toppled on successive weekends last season.

Referee Nigel Owens joins Baxter among the nominees, who became the first official to oversee 100 tests when France played against Italy in the Fall Nations Cup.

Rob Baxter of the Exeter Chiefs shortlisted for Rugby Union Writers’ Club Personality of the Year for 2020 |  Rugby news

Retired referee Nigel Owens among the nominees for the Pat Marshall Memorial Award

Owens has now retired from international rugby, putting the curtain on a 17-year career as one of the game’s most respected umpires.

Former Samoan international Dan Leo is also in attendance in recognition of his work portraying players from the Pacific Islands, including the release of the revealing documentary ‘Oceans Apart’.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and France scrum half Antoine Dupont round out the list.

Rob Baxter of the Exeter Chiefs shortlisted for Rugby Union Writers’ Club Personality of the Year for 2020 |  Rugby news

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones became rugby union’s most successful player at the Fall Nations Cup

Jones eclipsed Richie McCaw’s 148 milestone to become the sport’s most crowned player at the fall Nations Cup, while Dupont wowed audiences with his electric racing skills.

The winner will be announced by the media and the RUWC’s Twitter account after the club’s annual dinner in London was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The greats of the game whose names are engraved on the trophy are Gareth Edwards, Bill Beaumont, David Campese, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Maggie Alphonsi and Dan Carter.

The writers, broadcasters and photographers of the club’s 280 members voted for the Pat Marshall Memorial Award, awarded annually since 1976.

The Rugby Union Writers’ Club was founded in January 1960 to promote the interests of its members – mainly from the UK, but also from around the world – and the sport of rugby.





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