Wednesday, 12th February 2020 @ 14:30
Alex Dombrandt has been confirmed as Gallagher Premiership Rugby's Player of the Month for January 2020
The back-rower continued his impressive form in January as Harlequins ended the month with a decisive win over Saracens putting them in Gallagher Premiership Rugby’s top six.
Dombrandt was presented with his award by Toby Edwards, Head of Commercial for Gallagher in Guildford.
As part of his prize for being named Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month wins a shirt signed by the whole Harlequins squad and framed by Gallagher to be gifted to a local club, school, community group or charity of his choice.
Dombrandt was judged by a panel of experts as the player who made the biggest impact in Gallagher Premiership Rugby over the month of January 2020.
He was involved in a three-way battle to win the award eventually beating Sale Sharks pair Will Cliff and Rohan Janse Van Rensburg.
Dombrandt’s performances in January were praised by Ugo Monye, the former Harlequins, England and Lions wing who is now a BT Sport pundit, covering Gallagher Premiership Rugby, and Gallagher brand ambassador.
“Alex has been simply outstanding,” said Monye. “There was always the potential of second season syndrome but that certainly hasn’t affected him.
“He is such a threat with ball in hand, so physical and direct but he’s coupled that with a real intellect.
“He has really paved the way and shown that with really good coaching, loads of hard work and opportunities, you can achieve the heights that he is currently setting.”
Dombrandt was voted for by a panel of media professionals based on his performances in January, alongside a public poll which drew more than 3,500 votes on the Premiership Rugby app. The judges were: Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Jonny Fordham (The Sun), Jill Douglas (Broadcaster) Robert Kitson (The Guardian), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN). The panel was chaired by Paul Morgan, Premiership Rugby's Communications Director.