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