Nominees Announced For Irish Players’ Player of the Year & Young Player Of The Year

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Caelan Doris and Louise Galvin were on hand today to announce the nominees for the 2020 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Celebrating the achievements of Irish rugby players both on and off the field, the Zurich Irish Rugby Players Awards will be broadcast on Virgin Media Two on Saturday, 17th October after the Champions Cup Final.

Having made his Irish debut against Scotland in February, Doris is nominated for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award cementing his burgeoning reputation with influential performances for both club and country.

Following an outstanding breakthrough campaign, Ryan Baird’s emergence is also recognised while former Ireland 7s player Shane Daly has impressed in the Munster Rugby backfield. Meanwhile, the retiring Galvin is joined on the shortlist for Women’s 7s Player of the Year by Kathy Baker and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, who has won the award on three previous occasions.

Doris’ Leinster Rugby teammates James Lowe and Garry Ringrose are amongst the nominees for the much sought-after Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award and are joined on the shortlist by Andrew Conway and John Cooney.

Munster’s Andrew Conway enjoyed one of his best campaigns for both club and country, becoming established as a frontline player for Ireland following the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Cooney failed to make that trip to the Far East but responded to the disappointment in resilient fashion by making some vital contributions for Ulster Rugby as they made their way to the latter stages of the PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup.

Captain for the day as Leinster Rugby claimed a third successive PRO14 title, Garry Ringrose’s remarkable consistency across the season has been acknowledged by his peers while James Lowe completes the nominees with his prolific and energetic performances on the Leinster Rugby wing.

Nominee for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award, Irish international rugby player Caelan Doris, said:

“It’s an honour to be nominated for the Nevin Spence award. I am delighted to be named alongside Ryan and Shane who have both demonstrated that the future of our game is in good hands. I look forward to seeing how they develop in the weeks and months ahead. I also want to congratulate all nominees who have maintained excellent standards throughout a challenging campaign.”

Women’s 7s Player of the Year and Rugby Players Ireland Executive Board member Louise Galvin added:

“As ever, we have had good days and bad but it’s important not to let the 2019/20 season be forgotten. As the year has panned out, we have learned more about ourselves this year than any other. It’s important to reflect and acknowledge the achievements and challenges of a unique season.”

Player of the Year nominees Conway and Cooney will also contest the Try of the Year award. Conway’s pace at the Ospreys in the Champions Cup and Cooney’s individual brilliance at home to Clermont in the same competition are joined by Robin Copeland’s last-ditch effort against Gloucester.

The Zurich Contribution to Society Award recognises those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to bring about impactful change. Nominees this year include Ultan Dillane, Billy Holland and Andrew Porter.

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Here are all the nominees:

ZURICH PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020

Andrew Conway – Munster Rugby
John Cooney – Ulster Rugby
James Lowe – Leinster Rugby
Garry Ringrose – Leinster Rugby

NEVIN SPENCE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020

Ryan Baird – Leinster Rugby
Shane Daly – Munster Rugby
Caelan Doris – Leinster Rugby

TRY OF YEAR 2020

Andrew Conway, Ospreys v Munster Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup

John Cooney, Ulster Rugby v Clermont, Heineken Champions Cup

Robin Copeland, Connacht Rugby v Gloucester Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup

WOMEN’S XVs PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020

Linda Djougang
Edel McMahon
Cliodhna Moloney

ZURICH CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY AWARD 2020

Ultan Dillane
Billy Holland
Andrew Porter

WOMEN’S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020

Kathy Baker
Louise Galvin
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe

MEN’S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020

Jordan Conroy
Terry Kennedy
Harry McNulty