Munster and Ireland’s CJ Stander and Conor Murray are among 12 nominees for the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship award. Players from all six countries are in contention.
The Munster duo are the only Irish players in contention for the coveted accolade. Having won the Championship for the second year running, England provide the most players with three, second row Joe Launchbury, fellow forward Maro Itoje and centre Owen Farrell.
After their impressive campaign Scotland have two players nominated including last year’s winner Stuart Hogg, joined by Finn Russell, while Rhys Webb and Ken Owens are nominated from Wales.
Camille Lopez, the Championship’s top points scorer, and Louis Picamoles are both included from France list, with Italy captain Sergio Parisse completing the nominees.
Players at every Six Nations match this year have been awarded or deducted points based upon several different performance categories which cover all aspects of the game. These categories are proportionately weighted based on the different positions by an algorithm created by Accenture, Official Technology Partner of the RBS 6 Nations.
This year, Accenture worked very closely with Accenture Analysis Team member and former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett to draw up a shortlist of 12 players who have displayed specialist skills and outstanding ability throughout the whole Championship.
Voting is open until 12pm tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21).