Friday 15 December 2017

Murray nominated for 6 Nations gong

Ireland's Conor Murray. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Conor Murray. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Daragh Small

Munster star scrum-half Conor Murray will look to cap off an impressive Six Nations with a player of the tournament award after he was short-listed this week.

The 26-year-old former British & Irish Lion, has 47 caps for Ireland and this Six Nations he orchestrated the Irish backline expertly, as he continues to grow into his role as a leader.

He touched down three times in five games, against Wales, England and Scotland and although Ireland finished third in the standings he was a shining light throughout.

Murray has been a leader at Munster for a number of seasons. And he has 80 caps for his province where he has scored 15 tries since his debut in the 2009-10 season.

For Munster, Munster has played just once in the Pro12 this season, however he featured in all six Champions Cup games and scored two tries along the way.

His return to Munster for the run-in will be a massive boost as they look to salvage their disappointing season. They are still in contention for the Pro12 play-offs but must ensure Champions Cup qualification first off.

Along with Ireland teammate, Johnny Sexton, there are ten other nominees to take the prize. The Six Nations Grand Slam winners, England, have three candidates with Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell in contention for the prize.

Gareth Davies and George North are the two Welsh representatives. Scotland have Stuart Hogg and Duncan Taylor. Guilhem Guirado and Virimi Vakatawa are the two from France and Sergio Parisse is the lone Italian possibility.

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