Caelan Doris, Hugo Keenan and Mack Hansen Irish nominees for Player of the Six Nations gong

Six players on the shortlist with the three others from France

Mack Hansen has made the shortlist for the player of the Six Nations. Photo: PA

The shortlist for the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Player of The Championship has been revealed, with the top two teams in world rugby dominating the list of contenders for the coveted award.

Ireland claimed their Grand Slam on home soil in round five of the Guinness Six Nations and retain their place as the number-one-ranked team in world rugby.

Three of the players deemed instrumental in this achievement have earned a place on this year's shortlist.

Ireland back-row forward Caelan Doris, full-back Hugo Keenan and winger Mack Hansen have all been named as nominees for the award, thanks to their standout performances throughout the Championship.

Last year’s Grand Slam winners took this year’s Championship title to the wire and remain second in the world rankings, and a trio of French players have also been named on the shortlist for the Player of The Championship award. The French nominees include last year’s winner, scrum-half Antoine Dupont, who is in contention for his third Player of The Championship accolade.

Thomas Ramos, the France full-back, and winger Damian Penaud complete the list of six names that will be put to a fan vote across Six Nations Rugby channels this week, to determine the winner of the award.

The shortlist is based on nominations from international media, spanning each of the six nations competing in the championship, as well as factoring in votes from fans for the players they want to see in the Team of The Championship, which closed voting on the Sunday following round five.

The winner will be announced on Friday, 24 March, alongside the Team of The Championship.

Fans can vote by visiting the voting page. The deadline is 6pm Wednesday.