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Nominees For Irish Rugby Player Of The Year Have Been Announced

It’s been a pretty successful season for Irish rugby.

Ireland were crowned Grand Slam champions after an incredible Six Nations campaign. Meanwhile, Leinster look like they could join Toulouse in being the only club to win the European Cup four times.

Munster will be disappointed with their loss to Racing 92 in the semi-final on Sunday but a last-four appearance in Europe is not to be sniffed at.

With such success comes with some brilliant individual performances and four players have been nominated for the Irish Rugby Player Of The Year Award.

Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong have all been nominated.

Katie Fitzhenry, Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy are nominated for the BNY Mellon Women’s XV Player of the Year 2018, while Jordan Larmour, James Ryan and Jacob Stockdale are nominated for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award.

Nominee for the 2018 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award, Irish international rugby player Keith Earls, added:

“It’s an honour to be nominated by my fellow players for the 2018 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award, alongside my teammates and friends. Tadgh, Conor and Johnny have had stand out performances so I’m delighted to be there alongside them.

“Whilst it’s fantastic to be celebrating some fantastic moments this season like the Grand Slam, we’re conscious that we’ve got the closing stages of the Guinness Pro14 ahead – there’s still a lot to play for. To see so many exceptional young players shortlisted for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award really points to a strong future for Irish rugby – and even bigger and better seasons ahead.”


Rugby Players Ireland and Zurich have today teamed up with Irish international rugby player Keith Earls to announce the nominees for the 2018 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award. The Zurich Irish Rugby Players Awards, one of the biggest nights in Irish sport, will take place on Wednesday, 16th May, at the Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge. In contention for the much sought-after Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award are four 2018 NatWest Six Nations Champions, Grand-Slam winners, Champions Cup Semi-Finalists and two Champions Cup Finalists, who have all excelled for their provinces and country in an incredible year for Irish rugby:  Keith Earls, Tadhg FurlongConor Murray, and Johnny SextonKatie Fitzhenry, Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy are nominated for the BNY Mellon Women’s XV Player of the Year 2018, while Jordan LarmourJames Ryan and Jacob Stockdale are nominated for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award.

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