Sunday 17 November 2019

England wing Joe Cokanasiga one of three nominees for World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year

Joe Cokanasiga (Adam Davy/PA)
Joe Cokanasiga (Adam Davy/PA)

Duncan Bech

England wing Joe Cokanasiga has been nominated for World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Cokanasiga is joined on the three-strong shortlist by South Africa scrum-half Herschel Jantjies and France fly-half Romain Ntamack.

England's 21-year-old Fijian-born wing has appeared only once at the World Cup, against the USA when he scored two tries, but he has been a tackle-busting force since making his debut last autumn.

Previous winners of the award are New Zealand's Nehe Milner-Skudder, England lock Maro Itoje, All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane and South Africa wing Aphiwe Dyantyi.

To be eligible, players must have completed less than one year of senior international rugby with the winner chosen by a panel of former internationals including Springbok great Bryan Habana.

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