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AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Today, James Ryan and Jack Carty were on hand to announce the nominees for the 2019 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award. The Zurich Irish Rugby Players Awards, one of the biggest nights in Irish sport,will take place on Wednesday, 15th May, at the Clayton Hotel on the Burlington Road.  

In contention for the much sought-after Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award are four Irish internationals who have all excelled for their country and respective provinces this season. Still only 22, James Ryan cemented his reputation as one of the best second-row players in the world with a series of outstanding performances for both Leinster Rugby and Ireland this season.

Ryan is joined on the shortlist by Munster Rugby teammates Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne. O’Mahony, who was named man of the match in Ireland’s historic Test victory over the All Blacks in Dublin last November, has been instrumental in leading Munster Rugby this season as captain to a third consecutive Heineken Cup semi-final. Tadhg Beirne has also been nominated following a stellar season for Munster Rugby that saw him earn his first cap for Ireland.

Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick 7/1/2019 Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Jack Carty completes the nominees having become Connacht Rugby’s record points scorer in addition to making his international debut against Italy last February.

Commenting on the announcement marking Zurich’s fourth year sponsoring the Zurich Rugby Players Ireland Awards Anthony Brennan, CEO, Zurich Ireland said:  

“Zurich has been a long-term supporter of Irish rugby at grass roots and national level, and we are delighted to see this wonderful sport that bridges all borders and backgrounds go from strength to strength each year. It’s been a fascinating year for Irish rugby with plenty of the highs and lows that make this such an entertaining sport.  Having beaten the All Blacks on home turf, and with Leinster still vying for Champions Cup glory, we have many great moments to celebrate at this year’s awards. We’re especially excited about recognising and showcasing off-field achievements where our Life MD, David O’Dowd, will present the Zurich Contribution to Irish Society Award.”

Nominee for the 2019 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award, Irish international rugby player James Ryan, added: “It’s an honour to be nominated by my fellow players for the 2019 Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award. Pete, Tadgh and Jack have all enjoyed excellent campaigns and it has been a pleasure to share time with them in Irish camp. We have had some fantastic moments this year including that unforgettable win over the All Blacks in Dublin, but we have also learned many lessons along the way. It’s important to recognise and celebrate achievement but we’re also looking forward to some important games in our season still to come.”

It has been a memorable year for Ryan who has also been nominated for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award. As with last year, he joins Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale on the shortlist. Alongside Keith Earls, Larmour and Stockdale also supply some outstanding efforts to contest the Volkswagen Try of the Year Award.

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/11/2018 Ireland vs New Zealand All Blacks Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale has a kick blocked by Kieran Read of New Zealand Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

It has been a competitive year for the Irish Women’s XV who have displayed some valiant team performances, however, there were several standout performers who have duly come into contention for the BNY Mellon Women’s XV Player of the Year 2019 as voted by the players involved over the last 12 months: Anna Caplice, Eimear Considine and Ciara Griffin.

Women’s Six Nations Championship Round 4, Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 9/3/2019 Ireland Women vs France Women Ireland’s Anna Caplice dejected after conceding a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The iZest Women’s 7s Player of the Year will also be awarded on the night, with previous winners Lucy Mulhall (2018) and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (2016 & 2017) included on the shortlist alongside Louise Galvin. A new award will also see the AIB Men’s 7s Player of the Year recognised. Jordan Conroy, Terry Kennedy and Adam Leavy have all the way to World Series qualification for the side.

The Vodafone Medal for Excellence will be awarded to the individual who has shown exceptional commitment to the game of rugby both on and off the field. Nominated by their peers this year are Darren Cave, Rhys Ruddock and James Tracy.

Guinness PRO14, RDS, Dublin 1/3/2019 Leinster vs Toyota Cheetahs Leinster’s James Tracy and Rhys Ruddock celebrate a try for their side Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Members of the public are also encouraged to get involved by nominating their Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Moment of the Year 2019 via Twitter @druidsglen, using #DruidsMoment19. Rugby fans across Ireland can also choose the Virgin Media Sport Supporters’ Player of the Year 2019 which has been running across Virgin Media Sport’s coverage of the Champions Cup.

NOMINEES

ZURICH PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019

Tadhg Beirne

Jack Carty

Peter O’Mahony

James Ryan          

BNY MELLON WOMEN’S XVs PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019    

Anna Caplice

Eimear Considine

CIara Griffin                      

NEVIN SPENCE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019

Jordan Larmour

James Ryan

Jacob Stockdale

VOLKSWAGEN TRY OF YEAR 2019

Keith Earls  (Ireland v France, Guinness Six Nations)

Jordan Larmour (Ireland v Italy #3, The Rugby Weekend, Chicago)

Jacob Stockdale (Ireland v New Zealand, Guinness November Series)

THE VIRGIN MEDIA SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019

Will Addison

Tadhg Beirne

Jack Carty

Cian Healy

James Lowe

James Ryan

DRUIDS GLEN HOTEL & GOLF RESORT MOMENT OF THE YEAR 2019

Voted by the public on Twitter using #DruidsMoment19, the Rugby Moment of the Year will be unveiled at the Awards ceremony on Wednesday 15th May 2019. 

VODAFONE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE 2019

Darren Cave

Rhys Ruddock

James Tracy

iZEST WOMEN’S 7S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019

Louise Galvin

Lucy Mulhall

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe

AIB MEN’S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019

Jordan Conroy

Terry Kennedy

Adam Leavy

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