Thursday 19 April 2018

Jacob Stockdale named Six Nations Player of the Tournament as Ireland claim top four spots

Jacob Stockdale has been named Six Nations Player of the Tournament
Jacob Stockdale has been named Six Nations Player of the Tournament
Jacob Stockdale scores Ireland’s third try on their way to lifting the Six Nations trophy and the Triple Crown at Twickenham. Andy Cosslett, the chairman of the Rugby Football Union, has claimed the competiton was no longer fit for purpose. Photo: PA Wire.

Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has been named NatWest 6 Nations player of the championship.

The 21-year-old Ulster player scored a Six Nations record seven tries as Ireland claimed title glory this season and also won their first Grand Slam since 2009.

Tournament organisers announced that Stockdale took 32 per cent of the public vote, well clear of his team-mate Conor Murray in second, while fellow Ireland players Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls finished third and fourth, respectively.

More than 78,000 votes were cast on a six-player short-list, with Italy full-back Matteo Minozzi taking fifth and France captain Guilhem Guirado sixth.

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Stockdale, who only made his Test debut last summer, claimed try doubles in Ireland's victories over Italy, Wales and Scotland, then added another touchdown during the Grand Slam-clinching triumph against England six days ago.

"It has been a truly memorable few weeks, making my first NatWest 6 Nations appearance, winning the championship and then going on to complete the Grand Slam against England," Stockdale said, in a statement released by the Six Nations.

"Breaking the try-scoring record was the cherry on top!

"It's an absolute honour to win the NatWest player of the championship, especially when you look at the amazing calibre of those short-listed."

NatWest Player of the Championship Voting Results

Player                       Votes            Percentage

Jacob Stockdale        25,114           32%

Conor Murray            14,278           18.2%

Jonathan Sexton       14,163           18%

Keith Earls                 11,410           14.5%

Matteo Minozzi          10,394           13.2%

Guilhem Guirado         3,181             4.1%

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