Thursday 19 September 2019

Three Leinster stars make European Player of the Year shortlist ahead of Champions Cup final

Garry Ringrose is one of three Leinster players nominated for European Player of the Year. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose is one of three Leinster players nominated for European Player of the Year. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Three Leinster players have been included on the five-man shortlist for EPCR European Player of the Year.

Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose have been rewarded for their stellar seasons in blue, with Leo Cullen's men reaching a second consecutive Champions Cup final after comprehensively defeating Toulouse in last weekend's semi-final.

The Leinster trio are joined by Saracens duo Alex Goode and Mako Vunipola, with the destination of the award to be revealed after the final clash between the two teams on May 11 in Newcastle.

Racing 92 second row Leone Nakarawa won last year's prize, the second time that the winner came from a team who didn't win that year's final.

Two Leinster players have previously taken home European club rugby's top individual prize, with Sean O'Brien (2011) and Rob Kearney (2012) both winning the award.

Two Saracens men have also claimed the honour, with Maro Itoje (2016) and Owen Farrell (2017) also named the competition's best player.

The judging panel includes Bryan Habana (Channel 4), Chris Jones (BBC Radio 5 Live), Mathieu Lartot (France Télévisions), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Brian O’Driscoll (BT Sport), Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS).

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