12 nominees in contention for the 2016 RTÉ Sports Team of the Year award

Rugby, soccer, GAA, Olympic and Paralympic teams have been nominated.

Updated at 20:00

pjimage The Irish rugby team and Tipperary hurlers are amongst the nominees Source: INPHO

THE NOMINEES FOR RTÉ’s Sport Team of the Year have been announced with 12 outfits in contention for the award after their heroics in 2016.

The Irish rugby team are nominated after a year of historic wins over New Zealand and South Africa, while PRO12 champions Connacht are also in the running.

From soccer, both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland teams are in the running after featuring in Euro 2016 in France. Dundalk have also been nominated after their SSE Airtricity League triumph and exploits in Europe.

On the GAA front there are four All-Ireland champions nominated in the Dublin footballers, the Tipperary hurlers, the Cork ladies footballers and the Kilkenny camogie team.

Finally the Irish Paralaympic cycling and athletics teams will contest the award along with Olympic silver medal rowing winning O’Donovan brothers, Paul and Gary.

12 nominees in contention for the 2016 RTÉ Sports Team of the Year award
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  • Connacht rugby

    Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO
  • Cork ladies footballers

    Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
  • Dublin senior football

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • Dundalk soccer

    Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO
  • Ireland Paralympic cycling

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • Ireland Paralympic athletics

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • Ireland rugby

    Source: INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Kilkenny camogie

    Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
  • Northern Ireland soccer

    Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO
  • The O'Donovan brothers - Gary and Paul

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
  • Republic of Ireland soccer

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • Tipperary senior hurling

    Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The 2016 nominees in full are:

  1. Connacht rugby
  2. Cork ladies footballers
  3. Dublin footballers
  4. Dundalk soccer
  5. Ireland’s Paralympic cycling
  6. Ireland’s Paralympic athletics
  7. Ireland rugby
  8. Kilkenny camogie
  9. Northern Ireland soccer
  10. The O’Donovan brothers – Paul and Gary
  11. Republic of Ireland soccer
  12. Tipperary hurlers

The RTÉ Sport Awards 2016 are live on RTÉ One on Saturday 17 December at 9pm.

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