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Leinster Trio Among Nominees For European Player Of The Year

The nominees for the 2020 EPCR European Player of the Year have been announced with three Leinster players included.

In total, seven clubs are represented among the 15 nominees who were picked by a panel of judges which include Brian O’Driscoll, Alan Quinlan, Bryan Habana and Dimitri Yachvili.

Leinster, Racing 92 and the Exeter Chiefs all have three nominees included in the list with Tadhg Furlong, Jordan Larmour and Garry Ringrose representing Leo Cullen’s men.

The in-form trio of Finn Russell, Teddy Thomas and Virimi Vakatawa feature for Racing, and Exeter have Luke Cowan-Dickie, Stuart Hogg and Sam Simmonds in the star-studded longlist following their impressive qualification for the knockout stage of the Heineken Champions Cup

The Toulouse pair of Jerome Kaino and Romain Ntamack get the vote of the judges along with Marcell Coetzee and John Cooney who have been included on the back of their outstanding displays for Ulster Rugby during the pool stage.

ASM Clermont Auvergne centre, George Moala, is also nominated while the brilliant Semi Radradra completes the list on behalf of Challenge Cup quarter-finalists Bordeaux-Bègles.

2019 recipient, Alex Goode, receives the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy.

The list will be reduced to five players in early May following the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals by a combination of the public vote and the verdict of the judges, and players who have not been included in the initial list of 15, but who make a significant impact in a quarter-final or semi-final match, may be considered for the shortlist.

The voting will then re-open and the winner of the 2020 award will be announced following the Heineken Champions Cup final at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on Saturday, 23 May.

EPCR European Player of the Year 2020 award nominees:

Marcell Coetzee – Ulster Rugby

John Cooney – Ulster Rugby

Luke Cowan-Dickie – Exeter Chiefs

Tadhg Furlong – Leinster Rugby

Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs

Jerome Kaino – Toulouse

Jordan Larmour – Leinster Rugby

George Moala – ASM Clermont Auvergne

Romain Ntamack – Toulouse

Semi Radradra – Bordeaux-Bègles

Garry Ringrose – Leinster Rugby

Finn Russell – Racing 92

Sam Simmonds – Exeter Chiefs

Teddy Thomas – Racing 92

Virimi Vakatawa – Racing 92

Marisa Kennedy @MarisaK96

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter

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