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European Player of the Year

Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Wed 20 Apr 2016, 5:10 pm

From the BBC

Six of England's Grand Slam-winning squad are among the nominations for the 2016 European player of the year award.

Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola (all Saracens), Jack Clifford (Harlequins) and Elliot Daly (Wasps) are on the 15-man list.

The last three winners are all English - Nick Abendanon, Steffon Armitage and Jonny Wilkinson.




Northampton's Wales wing George North, Toulon's Armitage, winner in 2014, and Racing 92's Dan Carter also feature.

Australia great George Smith and fellow Wasp Charles Piatau, Exeter number eight Thomas Waldrom and Leicester's Vereniki Goneva are the other nominees from the English Premiership.

Armitage's Toulon team-mate Guilhem Guirado and Racing 92's Argentine winger Juan Imhoff complete the list.


Pretty good for Sarries to have 4 players on the list and all but 4 from the AP and you could argue Waldrom is "English" as he has played for them making it 8 Englishmen

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by Tattie Scones RRN on Wed 20 Apr 2016, 5:12 pm

Is this European player of the year, or RCC player of the year?

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Wed 20 Apr 2016, 5:13 pm

BBC are saying European Player of the Year


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/36095105

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by Tattie Scones RRN on Wed 20 Apr 2016, 5:21 pm

I'd say it's for the RCC rather than overall European play.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by yappysnap on Wed 20 Apr 2016, 5:56 pm

What would be the difference?

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by yappysnap on Wed 20 Apr 2016, 5:57 pm

Also it must be European and not RCC as Clifford is in the ECC, also not sure why he's there form wise anyhow.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by Tattie Scones RRN on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 9:09 am

Well, I have to say then that the list is BS.

George North? Seriously?

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by eirebilly on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 9:13 am

The best two player's in my opinion have been Vunipola and Faletau. Would like to see either of them win it, they have been the standout 8's in world rugby.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by Rugby Fan on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 9:31 am

Tattie Scones RRN wrote:I'd say it's for the RCC rather than overall European play.

"Recognised as one of the most prestigious individual accolades in the game, the European Player of the Year honours the best player of the European club rugby season from both the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup tournaments."

http://www.epcrugby.com/epcr/europeanplayeroftheyear/index.php

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by doctor_grey on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 9:45 am

George Smith - probably the biggest single impact by a player on his team
George North - probably the smallest single impact by a player on his team

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by sad_gimp on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 3:21 pm

Kruis gets my vote, good to see someone recognised for doing all the non-glamorous stuff well.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 3:22 pm

I think Farrell for me.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by LondonTiger on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 3:25 pm

It is a slightly perverse list. Looks like they wanted at least one person from each 1/4 final team in the Chanpions Cup. Thus Leicester and Exeter's token entry are the current leading try scorers in the competition. Meanwhile they select North for Saints despite not featuring in the 1/4 final and Armitage for Toulon despite being on the bench. Then the token Challenge Cup nominee, Clifford, cannot make the starting line-up for Quins tomorrow.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by TJ on Thu 21 Apr 2016, 9:50 pm

Its not european player of the year tho is it? Its player of the european cup and even then its a bit odd selection

No place for the 6 nations player of the year?

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by Pot Hale on Fri 22 Apr 2016, 1:22 am

TJ wrote:Its not european player of the year tho is it?  Its player of the european cup and even then its a bit odd selection

No place for the 6 nations player of the year?

Yes correct, it's based on the European club competitions, not test matches. It's only been around for about 5-6 years. No English club player has won it yet, so this year's voting should up their chances. Previous winners include Ronan O'Gara, Sean O'Brien, Rob Kearney, Jonny Wilkinson, Steffon Armitage, and Nic Abendanon??.

Odds are on Dan Carter unsurprisingly and disappointingly.

Stuart Hogg was awarded 6N Player of the Tournament.

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Re: European Player of the Year

Post by Rugby Fan on Fri 22 Apr 2016, 6:23 am

It's a bit odd to make the selection before the competition is done. Someone not on the shortlist could now have two fantastic games, be the key man in winning the title for his team, and not get a mention.

Often feel that way about MOTM awards declared five minutes before a game is up, especially when the result gets turned on its head by a key play at the death.

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