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Simon Zebo on longlist for European player of the year

Published 22/01/2013 | 17:48

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20 January 2013; Simon Zebo, Munster, celebrates after scoring his second and his side's fourth try against Racing Metro 92. Heineken Cup, Pool 1, Round 6, Munster v Racing Metro 92, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

MUNSTER winger Simon Zebo is included on the longlist for the 2013 ERC Player of the Year.

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The Corkman scored a hat-trick against Racing Metro ast weekend, and has been named on the 15-man list along with Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar of Ulster.

Voting was based on player performances during the pool stages of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup.

A number of players including Wesley Fofana of ASM Clermont Auvergne, Owen Farrell of Saracens and Pienaar are included agains having made made last year’s longlist.

The overall winner will be named after the ERC European club finals in Dublin this May.

Leinster’s Rob Kearney won the award last year.

*ERC Player of the Year longlist

Steffon Armitage ( Toulon), Rory Best ( Ulster Rugby), Julien Bonnaire (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Mike Brown ( Harlequins), Dan Cole ( Leicester Tigers), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Wesley Fofana (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Mamuka Gorgodze ( Montpellier), Charlie Hodgson ((Saracens), James Johnston (Harlequins), Joe Launchbury ( London Wasps), Morgan Parra (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby), Simon Zebo (Munster).

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