Billy Vunipola is eyeing two finals with Saracens later this month as the Premiership and Heineken Cup reach their climaxes

Times Series: Billy Vunipola (left) tackles Worcester's Euan Murray (right). Picture: Action Images Billy Vunipola (left) tackles Worcester's Euan Murray (right). Picture: Action Images

Billy Vunipola will be entering uncharted territory when the Aviva Premiership play-offs get under way - and the back row is determined to do so again sooner rather than later.

Vunipola, 21, in his first season with Saracens will be involved in the end-of-season shake-up for the first time, having already guaranteed themselves a home semi-final.

The England No.8 has never actually taken part in a final before but with Saracens already sure of their place in the Heineken Cup showdown, that box is set to be ticked.

It could well be two finals and Vunipola, who has been shortlisted for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season award, believes that vindicates his decision to join brother Mako at Allianz Park last summer.

"I don't really mind who we get - we will prepare as well as we can for anyone that we do play," he said.

"Last year it was a similar situation and they came out of it really badly and everyone was quite happy about it.

"This year I think we are trying to be different and trying to prove everyone [at the club] right and indicate that this season has been a success for us as a team by winning trophies.

"We have got to play our semi-final first and foremost and then the Heineken Cup final still feels a bit surreal because I have never made it to a final of anything before. It's really exciting for me and as a team."

First things first, Saracens must take on Leicester Tigers at Welford Road this weekend to bring the curtain down on the regular season in what could potentially be a dress rehearsal to the Aviva Premiership Final.

And Vunipola's contribution to the cause cannot be questioned. He's been shortlisted for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season award along with Bath Rugby duo George Ford and Anthony Watson, Gloucester Rugby lock Elliott Stooke, Northampton Saints flyer Jamie Elliott and Leicester Tigers fly-half Owen Williams.

The Land Rover Discovery of The Season award is designed to recognise the most impressive young players in the Aviva Premiership Rugby each season and reward them for their outstanding contribution to the competition. The winner will be announced at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards at the London Hilton, Park Lane on 15 May.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of some special talents; previous winners have included Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi with Joe Launchbury claiming the prize last year. To celebrate the player's achievement, they will have the opportunity to become a Land Rover ambassador, for the 2014/15 season.

And Vunipola admits he'd love to add a victory at Welford Road to what has already been an impressive season.

"When we play them it's always a massive week for us," he added. "This week is a massive game and we know that and everyone knows they are kind of like the Manchester United of rugby.

"They have a lot of success and we would really like to get one over on them in their home patch.

"It is exciting that my season has been extended. It is all new to me obviously and it is going to be a challenge but that's the reason why I came here and I am looking forward to it.

"Both teams want to carry their momentum over to the playoffs.

"Not many teams go to Welford Road and win. They haven't really lost many games there this year and they never really do lose many games there.

"As a team we want to carry some momentum into the playoffs and to get a win would give us a massive confidence boost."

Land Rover is Official Vehicle of Premiership Rugby. The Land Rover Discovery of The Season will be announced on 15 May at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards.

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