Young Osprey takes Best Newcomer award

Ospreys wing Dafydd Howells walked away with the Best Newcomer trophy at the Principality Premiership Awards on Wednesday evening.

18-year old Howells, who made his Premiership bow for Neath on BoxingDay in a derby match against Aberavon, picked up the award in recognition of the impact he made in just five appearances for the club, during which he scored three tries.

He also made his regional debut during this season's LV= Cup campaign and is in a young Welsh squad that departs for Japan soon.

Speaking after picking up his award, Howells said:

"I'm quite surprised to receive this award to be honest. I only found out I was up for the award when I looked in the programme this evening. All the hard work has paid off and I'm looking forward to the tour of Japan now. The Premiership is a very tough league to play in and there's a lot of experience out there. It's a massive plus for Welsh rugby."

He wasn't the only winner from Ospreylia though, with Aberavon's Steffan Andrews picking up the Try of the Year for a length of the field score against Bridgend in April, while the Unsung Heroes award went to Aberavon's kitchen ladies.

Mia John, one of the kitchen ladies said:

"It's amazing to be recognised. Aberavon are an old fashioned club with old-fashioned values and we're very proud to be a part of the club."