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Furlong, Henshaw, Murray, Stander - who was Ireland's best player this season?

The nominees for the 2017 Rugby Players Ireland Awards have been announced.

Murray and Henshaw: who was Ireland's best player this year?
Murray and Henshaw: who was Ireland's best player this year?
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TADHG FURLONG, ROBBIE Henshaw, Conor Murray and CJ Stander will be in contention for Players’ Player of the Year when the annual Rugby Players Ireland Awards take place next week.

The nominees for this year’s dinner, which takes place on 10 May, were announced today.

Joey Carbery, Garry Ringrose and Darren Sweetnam are shortlisted for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award while Henshaw and Murray join Craig Gilroy in the competition for Volkswagen Try of the Year.

But what do you think – which of the four nominees deserves to win the main prize? Vote here.


Poll Results:

CJ Stander (3883)
Tadhg Furlong (2997)
Conor Murray (2368)
Robbie Henshaw (748)




2017 Rugby Players Ireland Awards – Nominees

Zurich Players’ Player of the Year

  • Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)
  • Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)
  • Conor Murray (Munster)
  • CJ Stander (Munster)

Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year

  • Joey Carbery (Leinster)
  • Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
  • Darren Sweetnam (Munster)

Volkswagen Try of the Year

  • Craig Gilroy (Italy v Ireland)
  • Robbie Henshaw (Ireland v New Zealand)
  • Conor Murray (Ireland v New Zealand)

Irish Times Supporters’ Player of the Year

  • Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)
  • Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)
  • Paddy Jackson (Ulster)
  • John Muldoon (Connacht)
  • Conor Murray (Munster)
  • John Muldoon (Connacht)
  • Charles Piutau (Ulster)
  • CJ Stander (Munster)

BNY Mellon Women’s XVs Player of the Year

  • Paula Fitzpatrick
  • Leah Lyons
  • Lindsay Peat

Vodafone Medal for Excellence

  • Ronan Loughney (Connacht)
  • Jack McGrath (Leinster)
  • Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)

Mason Alexander Women’s Sevens Player of the Year

  • Ashleigh Baxter
  • Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe
  • Megan Williams

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