Farrell and Itoje on five-man shortlist for World Rugby Player of the Year
England duo Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell, who were both rested last weekend by Eddie Jones against Argentina, have been included on a five-man shortlist for the 2017 World Rugby Player of the Year award.
Itoje and Farrell both starred for Saracens as the club won a second successive Champions Cup and were part of the England side who took this year’s Six Nations. The pair went on to feature prominently for the British and Irish Lions in their drawn series in New Zealand.
The others nominated include 2016 winner Beauden Barrett, the All Blacks fly-half, along with New Zealand wing Rieko Ioane, who has also been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award, and Australia full-back Israel Folau. Only Richie Mccaw has won back-to-back awards – in in 2009 and 2010.
Kelly Brazier (New Zealand), Romane Menager (France), Safi N’diaye (France), Lydia Thompson (England) and Portia Woodman (New Zealand) have all been nominated for the Women’s Player of the Year award.
Supporters can vote for both awards on the World Rugby website, and the winner will be announced at the World Rugby awards in Monte Carlo on Nov 26.