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Sexton and Murray on shortlist for Six Nations Player of the Tournament
Grand Slam winners England lead the way with three nominees.

JOHNNY SEXTON AND Conor Murray are the only Irish players on the shortlist for RBS Six Nations Player of the Tournament 2016.

The Irish half-backs feature in a 12-man selection which was released on Sunday evening, topped by England’s Grand Slam winning trio Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell.

Fans can vote for their favourite here, with the winner set to be announced on Wednesday 23 March.

George North, who ran in four tries, is one of two Welsh nominees alongside Gareth Davies while legendary Italian number eight Sergio Parisse is also in contention for the award, which was won by Paul O’Connell in 2015.

Scotland (Stuart Hogg and Duncan Taylor) and France (Guilhem Guirado and Virimi Vakatawa) also have two representatives each on the shortlist.

RBS Six Nations Player of the Tournament 2016

  • England: Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell
  • Wales: Gareth Davies, George North
  • Ireland: Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray
  • Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Duncan Taylor
  • France: Guilhem Guirado, Virimi Vakatawa
  • Italy: Sergio Parisse

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