England trio up for Six Nations award
NEWS: England trio Owen Farrell, Joe Launchbury and Maro Itoje were named on a 12-man shortlist for this year's Six Nations Player of the Championship award on Monday.
Players were awarded points for their performances across the championship, with former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett helping to draw up the shortlist.
Tournament winners England topped the list of nominees with three players.
Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg, who won last year's award, was joined on the list by teammate Finn Russell, while Rhys Webb and Ken Owens represented Wales.
France provided Louis Picamoles and Camille Lopez and Ireland saw Conor Murray and Christiaan Stander nominated, with Italy captain Sergio Parisse completing the list.
A public vote to decide the winner will close at 12.00 GMT on Tuesday.
Ireland have dominated the award since it was created in 2004, with Brian O'Driscoll winning it three times.