Jan 23, 2018
Owen Farrell Nominated For European Player of the Year
Owen Farrell has been nominated for the 2017/18 European Player of the Year.
Farrell won the inaugural Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy in 2016/17, being presented with the trophy by the late Munster legend's wife Olive and son Tony after the 2017 Champions Cup Final at Murrayfield in Edinburgh following Sarries' win over Clermont-Auvergne.
He was the Pool stage's top-scorer (81) as Sarries finished runners-up in Pool 2, setting up a Quarter-Final datw with Leinster, and on Sunday the 26-year-old moved into the top three all-time top scorers in the Champions Cup with 677 points, behind legends of the game Stephen Jones (869) and Ronan O'Gara (1,365).
Maro Itoje won the award in 2015/16 and this season's award shortlist was decided by a panel of former players and members of the media, including: Stuart Barnes (Sky Sports/The Sunday Times), Chris Jones (BBC Radio 5 Live), Matthieu Lartot (France Télévisions), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Brian O'Driscoll (BT Sport), Dimitri Yachvili (beIN Sports).
Voting for the award is open now on ChampionsCupRugby.com and fans will be in the running to win two VIP tickets to the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals in Bilbao next May with one night's accommodation courtesy of EPCR.
The list will be reduced to five players in April following the Champions Cup semi-finals by a combination of the public vote and the verdict of the panel of judges.
The voting will then be reopened and the winner of the 2018 award will be announced after the Champions Cup final in Bilbao on Saturday, 12 May.
EPCR European Player of the Year award 2018 nominees:
Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets)
Levani Botia (La Rochelle)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets)
Scott Fardy (Leinster Rugby)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby)
Conor Murray (Munster Rugby)
Isa Nacewa (Leinster Rugby)
Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)
Morgan Parra (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Dany Priso (La Rochelle)
Alivereti Raka (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster Rugby)
Josua Tuisova (RC Toulon)
Victor Vito (La Rochelle)