Thompson nominated for World Rugby Women's Player of the Year

Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

Saracens duo Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell have been nominated for the World Rugby Player of the Year award.

Who will be crowned World Player of the Year?

British and Irish Lions duo Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje lead the charge after a trophy-laden season for both club and country, following the drawn series against the world champion All Blacks.

The nominees for World Rugby Women's Player of the Year in association with Mastercard are: Kelly Brazier (New Zealand), Romane Menager (France), Safi N'Diaye (France), Lydia Thompson (England) and Portia Woodman (New Zealand).

28-year-old Folau's nomination comes on the back of a sensational 2017.

The pair have been named on the five-man shortlist, along with Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett (both New Zealand) and Israel Folau (Australia).

The shortlist was chosen by a few legends on the World Rugby Awards panel, such as Richie McCaw, John Smit, George Gregan, Maggie Alphonsi, Clive Woodward, Brian O'Driscoll, Fabien Galthié, and Agustín Pichot.

In a new step in the selection process, fans, worldwide captains, coaches and media will have their say before the panel considers the victor of the prestigious award.

"As ever, the selection of Men's and Women's 15s Player of the Year nominees by the panel has excellence as the core consideration and all are not just superb players, but role models".

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