Munster duo shortlisted for 6 Nations award

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the RBS Six Nations Championship trophy. O'Connell and fellow Limerick man Conor Murray have been shortlisted for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship award
MUNSTER players Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray have been short-listed for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship award after Ireland’s success in retaining the title.

MUNSTER players Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray have been short-listed for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship award after Ireland’s success in retaining the title.

Irish captain O’Connell and scrum-half Murray are joined on the short-listed of players nominated by Connacht centre Robbie Henshaw.

Voting closes at midnight on tomorrow, Wednesday. Members of the public wishing to vote for their 6 Nations Player of the Championship should log on to RBS6Nations to do so.

Five of the countries have players on the shortlist with back-to-back champions Ireland and runners-up England combining to make up seven of the nominees.

England have emerging stars George Ford and Jonathan Joseph, who also finished as the tournament’s top points and try scorers respectively, along with Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs.

Wales and Scotland have two nominees each, Dan Biggar and Alun Wyn Jones for the former and Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg for the latter. And last but by no means least, Italy have one sole representative on the list, captain and talisman Sergio Parisse.

Throughout the 2015 RBS 6 Nations, each player has been awarded (or deducted) points based on statistical performance across different action categories that cover all aspects of the game.

To ensure fairness, the RBS 6 Nations analysts have weighted the importance of different actions depending on different positions. These categories have been collated to give each player an overall performance score.

The winner of the award will be announced on Friday.

The top scoring players are listed below in alphabetical order.

Biggar, Dan (WAL)

Ford, George (ENG)

Gray, Jonny (SCO)

Henshaw, Robbie (IRE)

Hogg, Stuart (SCO)

Jones, Alun Wyn (WAL)

Joseph, Jonathan (ENG)

Murray, Conor (IRE)

O’Connell, Paul (IRE)

Parisse, Sergio (ITA)

Vunipola, Billy (ENG)

Youngs, Ben (ENG)