Saracens' Mark McCall named Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season for second successive year

Enfield Independent: Mark McCall. Picture: Action Images Mark McCall. Picture: Action Images

Mark McCall won the Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season for the second successive year last night.

The Saracens boss clinched the honour after leading the Men in Black to their first-ever Heineken Cup final against Toulon in Cardiff next weekend, having also guided Sarries to a record 87 tally of points in the regular Premiership campaign.

The former Ulster boss now also boasts the highest winning percentage in the history of the competition at 80 per cent, with just 14 defeats in 80 matches.

Wrecking-ball Saracens and England number eight Billy Vunipola won the Land Rover Discovery of the Season award, presented to the best player aged 23 or under.

Vunipola made his England debut in Argentina last summer, but is already a vital component of head coach Stuart Lancaster's plans forRugby World Cup 2015.

Billy and brother Mako Vunipola have proved mainstays of Saracens' charge to the Heineken Cup final and Premiership play-offs.

Jacques Burger was nominated for the Aviva Premiership Player of the Year but lost out to England and Harlequins full-back Mike Brown, who added the accolade to his RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship and man-of-the-series in the autumn international honours.

Burger was however named in the BT Sport Dream Team along with Billy Vunipola, selected by BT's on-air commentary and reporting team, at the annual awards dinner held at the London Hilton,Park Lane.

The full BT Sport Dream Team is: Mike Brown (Harlequins); Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby); Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers); Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dave Ward (Harlequins), Logovi'i Mulipola (Leicester Tigers), Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Dan Braid (Sale Sharks), Jacques Burger (Saracens), Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

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