Munster's Murray on shortlist to win 6 Nations top player award

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster's Murray on shortlist to win 6 Nations top player award

MUNSTER’S Conor Murray has been shortlisted for the 6 Nations Player of the Tournament award.

Twenty six-year-old Limerick man Murray is joined on the shortlist for the top accolade by his half-back colleague Johnny Sexton.

Patrickswell man Murray started every game of this season's campaign, crossing for tries against Wales, England and Scotland. It's testament to the  Garryowen clubman’s consistency that he has started every 6 Nations game for Ireland for the past four seasons.

In all, eleven Munster players were named in Joe Schmidt's extended Ireland squads across the campaign, nine of which came through the Munster academy system.

Murray, James Cronin, Keith Earls, Tommy O'Donnell, Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander and Simon Zebo all featured in competitive action during the Championship, with Dave Foley, Jack O'Donoghue, Dave Kilcoyne and Andrew Conway included in extended training squads.

The 12 nominees for the 2016 6 Nations Player of the Tournament are:
Ireland: Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray
England: Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell
Wales: Gareth Davies, George North
Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Duncan Taylor
France: Guilhem Guirado, Virimi Vakatawa
Italy: Sergio Parisse

To cast your vote for the 2016 6 Nations Player of the Tournament, log onto http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/21509.php#QfjEadxMgO0UhWcT.97

Voting closes at midnight tonight, Tuesday, March 22,