Ringrose, Furlong and Murray among nominees for European Player of the Year

Six Irish-based players in total are on the list – three from Leinster and three from Munster

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among thosse nominated for the European Player of the Year award. Phiti: Inpho

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among thosse nominated for the European Player of the Year award. Phiti: Inpho

 

Six Irish-based players have been nominated for for this year’s European Player of the Year award.

EPCR have officially revealed the full list of nominees, with Irish-based clubs leading the way with six nominations in total.

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose, Tadhg Furlong, and Isa Nacewa are among the names on the 15-man shortlist, in what continues to be a good season for the Blues.

Meanwhile, local rivals Munster similarly have three names on the shortlist, with CJ Stander, Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal all featuring.

The entire list features players from six of this year’s eight Champions Cup quarter-finalists, with 2015 champions Toulon and four-time winners Toulouse the sides who miss out.

English clubs trail their Irish counterparts with five nominations, including three for Wasps and two for Saracens, including last year’s winner Maro Itoje.

French outfit Clermont Auvergne have two nominees, as do Scotland’s Glasgow Warriors.

The public vote to crown this year’s winner will open on April 3rd. This will then whittle down the nominees to a short list of 5. The winner will subsequently be announced on finals weekend in May.

The full list of nominees are: Tyler Bleyendaal (Munster), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), Jonny Gray (Glasgow), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), Conor Murray (Munster), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont Auvergne), Garry Ringrose (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), and Thomas Youngs (Wasps).

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