Seán Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose are among the 15 nominees for the prestigious EPCR European Player of the Year award.

The winner of one of the most prized individual accolades in the world game will receive a specially struck gold medal as well as the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy.

Voting for the award is now open at epcrugby.com/epoty.

Fans who cast their vote will be in the running to win two VIP tickets to the Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle next May with one night’s accommodation courtesy of EPCR, and a signed jersey of one of the Heineken Champions Cup finalist clubs.

The list will be reduced to five players in April following the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals by a combination of the public vote and the verdict of the judges, and players who have not been included in the initial list of 15, but who make a significant impact in a quarter-final or semi-final match, can be considered for the shortlist.

The voting will then be reopened and the winner of the 2019 award will be announced following the Heineken Champions Cup final at St James’ Park on Saturday, 11 May.

EPCR European Player of the Year award 2019 nominees

Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby)
Joey Carbery (Munster Rugby)
Seán Cronin (Leinster Rugby)
Antoine Dupont (Toulouse)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)
Viliame Mata (Edinburgh Rugby)
Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)
Peter O’Mahony (Munster Rugby)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster Rugby)
Finn Russell (Racing 92)
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Simon Zebo (Racing 92)

Judging Panel: Bryan Habana (Channel 4), Chris Jones (BBC Radio 5 Live), Matthieu Lartot (France Télévisions), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Brian O’Driscoll (BT Sport), Dimitri Yachvili (beIN Sports).

Roll of Honour – 2018: Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92); 2017: Owen Farrell (Saracens); 2016: Maro Itoje (Saracens); 2015: Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne); 2014: Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon); 2013: Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon); 2012: Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby); 2011: Sean O’Brien (Leinster Rugby); 2010: Ronan O’Gara (Munster Rugby – best player of first 15 years of European professional club competitions)