The nominees for the 2020 Irish Rugby Players Awards were announced today with six Leinster players nominated across four categories.

In the Players’ Player of the Year award, both Garry Ringrose and James Lowe are nominated alongside Munster’s Andrew Conway and Ulster’s John Cooney.

Caelan Doris, who was on hand to announce the nominees alongside Louise Galvin, is among the potential winners of the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award. He is joined in that shortlist by teammate Ryan Baird and Munster full-back and former Ireland Sevens player Shane Daly.

In the Women’s XVs Player of the Year category, Leinster and Ireland prop Linda Djougang is nominated alongside international teammates Edel McMahon and Cliodhna Moloney.

The influence of Irish rugby players on society has never been more keenly felt than throughout the past year. Many have made significant contributions, especially in highlighting the needs of charities at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Contribution to Society Award recognises those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to bring about impactful change. Leinster’s Andrew Porter has been shortlisted in this category alongside Ultan Dillane and Billy Holland.

Full list of Awards and Nominees

Players’ Player of the Year 2020

Andrew Conway (Munster Rugby)
John Cooney (Ulster Rugby)
James Lowe (Leinster Rugby)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster Rugby)

Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year 2020

Ryan Baird (Leinster Rugby)
Shane Daly (Munster Rugby)
Caelan Doris (Leinster Rugby) 

Try of the Year 2020

Andrew Conway (Ospreys v Munster Rugby – Heineken Champions Cup)
John Cooney (Ulster Rugby v Clermont – Heineken Champions Cup)
Robin Copeland (Connacht Rugby v Gloucester Rugby – Heineken Champions Cup)

Women’s XVs Player of the Year 2020

Linda Djougang
Edel McMahon
Cliodhna Moloney

Contribution to Society Award 2020

Ultan Dillane
Billy Holland
Andrew Porter

Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2020

Kathy Baker
Louise Galvin
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe

Men’s Sevens Player of the Year 2020

Jordan Conroy
Terry Kennedy
Harry McNulty