Jamie makes POY shortlist
LEINSTER captain Jamie Heaslip has been named on the EPCR European Player of the Year shortlist.
Also nominated are Clermont duo Nick Abendanon and Fritz Lee, last season's winner, Toulon's Steffon Armitage and Billy Vunipola of Saracens.
The judging panel selected a longlist of 15 players based on performances during the pool stages of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup and that list has now been reduced to just five players following the quarter-finals and semi-finals weekends.
The panel comprised of Emmanuel Massicard (Editor, Midi Olympique), Stuart Barnes (Sky Sports/The Sunday Times), former Irish international Alan Quinlan (Sky Sports), Mick Cleary (Rugby Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph) and Dimitri Yachvili (beIN Sports).
In addition to the decision of the judges, the 40 clubs in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup will have the opportunity to vote for the shortlist contender while supporters can also have their say on Twitter using #EPCRPlayer2015, and on the tournament Facebook pages.
The winner will be announced after the Champions Cup final.