ADVERTISEMENT

Saracens and Leinster dominate shortlist for European Player of the Year 2019

BY Grant Constable  ·  Wednesday Apr 24, 2019

Players from Leinster and Saracens have been rewarded for the outstanding performances that have brought their clubs to next month’s Heineken Champions Cup decider in Newcastle with the two finalists dominating the shortlist for the prestigious EPCR European Player of the Year award.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose are aiming to emulate the achievements of Leinster teammates Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney who won the prized individual accolade in 2011 and 2012, while Saracens’ Alex Goode and Mako Vunipola are looking to follow in the footsteps of Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell, winners in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The 15 initial nominees from the pool stage have been reduced to five based on the combined verdict of a distinguished panel of rugby experts and a public vote.

Voting has now reopened on epcrugby.com/epoty and the winner and recipient of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy will be announced following the final at St James’ Park on Saturday 11 May.

EPCR European Player of the Year 2019 shortlist

Sean Cronin (Leinster Rugby)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

ADVERTISEMENT

2018/19 panel of judges:
Bryan Habana (Channel 4), Chris Jones (BBC Radio 5 Live), Mathieu Lartot (France Télévisions), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Brian O’Driscoll (BT Sport), Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS).

Past winners:
2018 Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)
2017 Owen Farrell (Saracens)
2016  Maro Itoje (Saracens)
2015  Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
2014  Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon)
2013 Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon)
2012 Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby)
2011 Sean O’Brien (Leinster Rugby)
2010 Ronan O’Gara (Munster Rugby – best player of first 15 years of European club rugby)

Related Articles

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Chiefs run away with victory over Waratahs...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Statement: Owen Farrell to join World XV

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Crusaders demolish Rebels in incredible whitewash...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Bordeaux prop scores the ultimate front row try in the Top 14

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Northampton Saints youngster George Hendy seals the Premiership title

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok centre tears it up in the Top 14 for a crucial hattrick

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    English winger leaves defenders in his dust for long range score in Top 14

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Highlights: Barbarians and Fiji display the exact nature of what rugby should be

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Japanese lock pulls off moment of brilliance to create first try against England

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Leinster prospect pulls off outlandish footballing skills in URC quarterfinal

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

View All

Funnies

  • 5 HOURS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Former French star's 'tackle of the season attempt' goes viral

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious interaction between Simon Zebo and journalist

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

View All

Amateur

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 100 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 5 HOURS AGO

    'The nicest man in rugby' to exit Bath Rugby

  • 7 HOURS AGO

    Virimi Vakatawa to exit Bristol

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Ardie Savea scores a brace as local club benefits from world class talent

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Toulon bizarrely omit Kyle Sinkler's Bristol clips in signing video

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    The three standout players that drove England’s victory over Japan

View All