Three Irish make shortlist for Six Nations player of tournament

Robbie Henshaw among a 12-man selection headed by four English players

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is one of three Irish players nominated for the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament award. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is one of three Irish players nominated for the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament award. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

 

Ireland may have won the Six Nations title but it’s England who’ve been adjudged to have had the most prominent players in the tournament.

Four of the 12 players shortlisted for the 2015 RBS Six Nations Player of the Championship gong are English, three are Irish, and just two are Welsh - the three teams who finished joint top of the tournament table after the pulsating final day of play on Saturday.

Connacht centre Robbie Henshaw in his first ever Six Nations has been named alongside Munster’s Conor Murray and Paul O’Connell.

Among Ireland’s other pivotal players to be overlooked is Johnny Sexton who had made the shortlist for 2014 World Player of the Year after the November internationals.

Yet he, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien all missed out on action throughout the tournament due to injury.

England have emerging stars George Ford and Jonathan Joseph - who also finished as the tournament’s top try scorer - joined by Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs.

Wales and Scotland have two nominees each, Dan Biggar and Alun Wyn Jones for the former and Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg for the latter.

The inspirational Sergio Parisse is the only Italian to make the list despite his team avoiding the wooden spoon.

There are no French representations on the list.

The RBS say that the selections were based on each player in the competition being “awarded (or deducted) points based on statistical performance across different action categories that cover all aspects of the game.

“To ensure fairness,” the competition organisers say, “the RBS Six Nations analysts have weighted the importance of different actions depending on different positions. These categories have been collated to give each player an overall performance score.”

Voting is now open on the website and closes at midnight on Wednesday.

The nominees are:

Biggar, Dan (WAL)

Ford, George (ENG)

Gray, Jonny (SCO)

Henshaw, Robbie (IRE)

Hogg, Stuart (SCO)

Jones, Alun Wyn (WAL)

Joseph, Jonathan (ENG)

Murray, Conor (IRE)

O’Connell, Paul (IRE)

Parisse, Sergio (ITA)

Vunipola, Billy (ENG)

Youngs, Ben (ENG)

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.