THE 2016 Munster Rugby Awards which will take place on Friday May 13 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork and the nominations for Senior Player and Academy Player of the Year have now been finalised.
The Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year nominees are Billy Holland, Greencore Academy player Rory Scannell and CJ Stander, all of whom were nominated by their fellow team-mates.
The shortlist sees Stander in line to win the award for the second successive season having become the first overseas player to receive the accolade last year. Other previous winners include James Coughlan, John Hayes, Mick O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, Donnacha Ryan, Tommy O’Donnell and Conor Murray.
Billy Holland is included in the Award shortlist for the second year running with Rory Scannell in contention for double honours after his nominations for both Senior and Academy Player of the Year. Scannell’s nomination is the first time a current academy player has been nominated for Player of the Year.
Once again the overall winner will be decided by a public vote. Supporters can vote via the Irish Independent website from 10am on Thursday April 28th with those who vote in with a chance of winning two tickets to next month’s prestigious awards ceremony.
Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players Scannell, David Johnston and Sean McCarthy have been nominated for the John McCarthy Award for Academy Player of the Year.
In total, eleven diverse categories will be honoured in celebrating the best of Domestic and Professional rugby within the province.