Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

The MVP award is an award given in various sports to the best player(s) in a team.

By way of a bit of light relief over previous Christmas breaks, I’ve asked readers of the blog  to vote for the players they felt were Coventry’s ‘Most Valuable’, with a hugely inexpensive trophy being awarded to the player who polls the most votes.

With little else happening rugby-wise over the festive break, in the past it’s been a talking point on the blog, if nowhere else.

Voting takes place over a week or so and ends on Christmas Eve.

I’ll repeat the poll at the end of any future posts before then to give everyone the opportunity to cast their votes, so apologies in advance if you vote early only to find the poll repeated elsewhere. If you follow the blog via Twitter, please feel free to re-tweet it to widen the coverage.

Jack Preece – MVP winner in 2017

During the 12 days of Christmas, starting on Christmas Day, I’ll publish in order from 12th place upwards the players who have amassed the most votes, culminating in the choice of Coventry’s MPV on the 12th and final day.

The last time the MVP was awarded was in 2017 when Jack Preece topped the poll.

The season before it was  James Stokes who got the nod and the very first winner, in 2015, was Jacques Le Roux.

It clearly meant enough to Jacques for him to include it in his YouTube ‘best of’ clips, mentioning the MVP award as part of his profile. Rumour has it, it was what persuaded Moseley to offer him a contract the following season.

A rumour started by me, I hasten to add…

The poll has always proved popular and with the current Cov squad at its strongest since the poll first started, the final outcome is harder than ever to predict this year.

It’s meant simply as a bit of fun and shouldn’t be taken as anything other than a bit of light relief over the Christmas break.

The Most Valuable Player Poll simply requires readers to consider who they believe are the players (up to five in total) who are most ‘valuable’ to the present and/or future success of the club.

James Stokes – MVP winner in 2016

They’re not necessarily going to be the biggest points scorers, nor the most charismatic players in the team and value doesn’t always equate to what a player might be worth financially were there a transfer system based purely on monetary worth.

In fact, it might well be those players who go unnoticed for much of the game but who actually do the hard graft to provide other players with the platform they need to show off their skills who are the ones who get most recognition.

Or those who represent the future of the club.

To repeat, you have up to 5 votes…please just tick against the appropriate name(s). You don’t have to use all 5, but by using them you open the vote up to more players which adds a lot more interest and probably gives a more accurate result.

The players will appear in the poll in a random order, not one that I’ve come up with. If the software works, you will only be allowed to have one set of 5 votes and once you’ve voted you won’t be able to re-vote on a different day or through a different post using the same device, although you can vote multiple times using different devices should you so wish.

That’s the theory anyway.

If you’re struggling to reach a decision, it might help to think of it this way:

Ten years from now, who will be the first player from this season’s squad who pops into your head?


If as a Cov supporter you were forced to pick a Cov side and your house depended on the outcome of the game, who would be the first player(s) picked?


If there was an open transfer market, which player(s) in the present squad would command the most value?

Jacques Le Roux – MVP winner in 2015

Players selected might still be relatively young but their potential is obvious or in the twilight of their careers but still have the ability to influence a game, or even a season. Or somewhere in the middle.

Your choices, your decisions…but, remember, you only have up to 5 selections.

The winner of the poll is the player who has amassed the most votes.

If everyone who reads the daily posts votes, it will be fine.

If no one votes, then it obviously won’t work, so please make it happen.


I’m sure there will be a few surprises in the final reckoning, but please do vote on the basis of a player’s worth to the club and not their character or personality. (Or the fact that you are in some way related to them!).

I’ve included in the poll everyone at the club who has made at least one first team appearance this season, even where a player is officially a member of the Development Squad. I haven’t included those who are dual registered for obvious reasons.

Players who are injured or who have come late to the  club are also included as although they might not have been involved this season a great deal, if at all, they still have a value to the club, whether it be in the short, medium or long-term.

Purely out of interest, below are the results from al three previous polls – Day 12 is the top-ranking position!

2015 2016 2017
12 Jacque Le Roux James Stokes Jack Preece
11 Rob Knox Bredon Snyman James Stokes
10 George Oliver Darrel Dyer Scott Tolmie
9 Dan Rundle Pete White Will Maisey
8 Cliffie Hodgson Scott Tolmie Luke Narraway
7 Sam Pailor Will Maisey Nile Dacres
6 Matt Price Andy Brown Latu Makaafi
5 Devlin Hope Brett Daynes Sam Tuitupou
4 Andy Brown Rob Knox George Oram
3 Tom Poole Matt Price Heath Stevens
2 Matt Jones Tom Jubb Phil Boulton
1 Peter Weightman Boris Stankovich Anthony Matoto

A reminder: you have up to 5 votes. Please just tick against the appropriate name(s) but you don’t have to use all 5 if you don’t wish to.

If I have neglected to include someone, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list asap.

Many thanks in advance for your involvement…


By Tim

8 thought on “Coventry Rugby Blog – Most Valuable Player (MVP) Poll – 2019”
  1. Good post Geoff – given all the uncertainties you’ve mentioned this has been an exceptional start by any standards and one that bodes well for the future. Still a few bumps along the way, I’m sure, but I can help but believe we are headed in the right direction.
    Happy Christmas, Geoff!

  2. Yes…tough choice this. If I were to move it to the end of the season it would clash with the Supporters’ Player of the Year Award – has to be up to the individual to decide how best to apportion the votes I guess. Happy Christmas, Michael!

  3. As it’s for the MVP of 2019 only considered those players who played the end of last season and this.

  4. Agree with previous comments made. Difficult this tear with squad rotation – cup games with front liners rested – injuries – players arriving late from RWC, NZ etc. However as long as we keep progressing in the league and finish well up in the table I will be happy. Our team is still gelling – believe in them.

  5. This is an extremely difficult question this year, Tim. There has been such a step up in our performance, and therefore a greater contribution from all players, to the extent that to single out one player seems almost hard on all the others.
    I despise MP’s who abstain in a vote, but I’m seriously having difficulty with casting an MPV vote and may even consider the ultimate coward’s way out. At least I’ve got until Christmas Eve to see if I can man-up!

  6. Yes, It’s definitely the toughest of the MVP polls thus far. Just had a sneak peak at the voting so far and as you might have guessed, votes are spread pretty much across the whole squad. Should be a really interesting top 5…

  7. Tim, I think that this is a tricky conundrum you’ve set for your readers. Why, because I think the squad or team is just that without any absolutely outstanding individuals. That’s not to say there aren’t any very good players in the team, there are many, but Roland Winter and the coaches have assembled a very strong squad that makes this tricky, I will have to think very hard about this Tim!

Any thoughts:

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