Heineken Cup - Irish clubs dominate European shortlist

Tue, 15 May 21:29:00 2012

Heineken Cup finalists Leinster and Ulster provide four of the five players on the shortlist for this season's European Player of the Year Award.

Leinster Rugby's Jonathan Sexton lines up a penalty kick - 0

The Irish provinces meet in Saturday's final at Twickenham, and both have two players in contention for the honour.

Ulster, who are in their first European final since their 1999 Heineken Cup triumph, have had scrum-half Ruan Pienaar and back-rower Stephen Ferris nominated, while full-back Rob Kearney and fly-half Jonathan Sexton have been shortlisted for the reigning champions.

The other nominee to succeed inaugural winner Sean O'Brien is Toulon's former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, after he helped boot the French club into Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup final where they will face Biarritz.

The winner of the award will be announced next week.

PA Sport

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  1. It's just brilliant Irish players dominate it. Good­ luck to both in the final may the best team win.

    From MANUFA, on Wed 16 May 18:14
  2. I agree about Kearney, a gifted ruby player for sure.

    From john sloop b, on Wed 16 May 9:27
  3. id give it to ferris.

    From The Real Raymond, on Tue 15 May 20:46
  4. Has to be kearney for me , hes the best full back in­ the world, scores important scores and nobody is better­ under a high ball.

    From paddy, on Tue 15 May 20:41
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