Wasps flanker Jack Willis has been named the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for February 2018.

Willis, 21, shone in a fine February for Wasps which started with them winning 44-22 away to Harlequins, before remaining unbeaten all month.

And Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood said: ‘The Wasps back row as a collective has been epic but the headline act is the kid Jack Willis at six.

Jack Willis has been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for February 2018

Twenty-one-year-old No 6 Willis was part of a Wasps side that went unbeaten during February


December – Josh Adams (Worcester)

November – Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester)

October – Jonny May (Leicester)

September – Courtney Lawes (Northampton)

‘Jack had perhaps the finest individual performance of the season in the league away at Harlequins.

‘He helped himself to Harlequins ball all afternoon no matter what juggernauts were looking to excavate him from the ruck. Tall man gets low and doesn’t move.

‘Dai Young knows he has found an absolute gem. It has been the February of the Breakdown Battler at club and international level and Jack Willis will be back for more.’

Willis was judged by a panel of experts as the player who made the biggest impact in the league over the month.

He was involved in a four-way battle for the latest title, eventually beating Leicester Tigers’ outside-half Matt Toomua, his Wasps’ team-mate Thomas Young and Worcester Warrior Ryan Mills to the prize.

Willis wins a trophy and a £250 donation to the charity of his choice.

Willis has earned praise from Will Greenwood, who called him the in-form team’s ‘headline act’

He overcame competition from Matt Toomua, Thomas Young and Ryan Mills to win the award