World Rugby has announced the three players that have been nominated for Women’s Player of the Year 2015. Ireland’s Sophie Spence is one of the nominees.

New Zealand scrum-half Kendra Cocksedge, France captain Gaëlle Mignot and Ireland second-row Sophie Spence have made the shortlist for the prestigious award, with the winner to be announced at the World Rugby Awards in London on 1 November.

Spence was named Women’s Player Of The Year at the Guinness Rugby Writers awards earlier this month.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “On behalf of World Rugby, I wish to extend my congratulations to Gaëlle, Kendra and Sophie for securing their Player of the Year nomination, and for their skill, power, discipline and consistency required to excel at the highest level.

“Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, and we’re focused on building on the incredible success of last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris which engaged fans like never before.”

The panel selecting the shortlist is made up of former players Sue Day (England), Melodie Robinson (New Zealand) and Fiona Coghlan (Ireland) as well as The Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones and World Rugby Council member John Jeffrey.