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Johnny Sexton among nominees for IRB World Player of the Year

He’s up against two All Blacks and two South Africans.

Image: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

IRELAND OUT-HALF Jonathan Sexton has been nominated for the IRB’s World Player of the Year award.

The Racing Metro man played a key role in Ireland’s Six Nations victory, not least in the decisive win away to France.

Sexton is the oldest of the five nominees and the only from outside the world’s top two ranked nations.

The 29-year-old faces competition from New Zealand’s Julian Savea (wing) and Brodie Retallick (lock) as well as the Springbok duo of Willie le Roux (fullback) and Duane Vermeuelen (number 8).

– First published 1.30pm

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