An Irishman Has Made The Cut As Nominees Revealed For World Player Of The Year

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World Rugby has revealed a six-man shortlist for World Player Of The Year.

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Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip is among the nominees for the prestigious award and is joined by Beauden Barrett (New Zealand), Dane Coles (New Zealand), Owen Farrell (England) Maro Itoje (England) and Billy Vunipola (England) who all make the cut.

The Ireland vice-captain is the oldest – he turns 33 next month – and most capped of the six nominees, having reached 94 tests for Ireland and the Lions in what is his tenth season as an international player.

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England sensation Maro Itoje has made the shortlist

It’s the second time Heaslip has been nominated in his career having made the shortlist in 2009 only to be beaten by New Zealand’s Richie McCaw

The awards will be presented on 13 November.

The nominees for World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2016 are Fiao’o Fa’amausili (New Zealand), Sarah Hunter (England) and Gaëlle Mignot (France