Thursday, January 24, 2013

Early contenders named for ERC European Player of the Year 2013

Following the conclusion of the pool stages of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, ERC, the governing body of European rugby's two tournaments, announced the longlist for the prestigious ERC European Players of the Year 2013 award.

Selected by a distinguished panel of rugby experts, the longlist for one of the most prized individual accolades in the game includes 15 outstanding players from the 44 participating clubs.

Steffon Armitage (Toulon) | Rory Best (Ulster Rugby) | Julien Bonnaire (ASM Clermont Auvergne) | Mike Brown (Harlequins) | Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) | Owen Farrell (Saracens) | Wesley Fofana (ASM Clermont Auvergne) | Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier) | Charlie Hodgson (Saracens) | James Johnston (Harlequins) | Joe Launchbury (London Wasps) | Morgan Parra (ASM Clermont Auvergne) | Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers) | Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby) | Simon Zebo (Munster Rugby)

More info and the extended form guide here

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:54 pm | View Comments (8)

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Theobit January 24, 2013 5:50 pm

Fofana (like an excelent finisher) or Pienaar (like the man who makes Ulster competitive)

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The Green Mafia January 24, 2013 8:16 pm

Pienaar isn't that good. He is pretty great, but not as vital as he's made out to be (remember Ulster-Castres? Pienaar-free demolition job, and plenty of young guns coming). I'd go Armitage or Fofana

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WelshOsprey January 24, 2013 10:15 pm

No Kahn Fotuali'i? REALLY?
I'm probably biased but he should at least be mentioned. The guy is carrying the ospreys at the moment.

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Matthew January 24, 2013 11:31 pm

He's saving his very best for next year onwards. ;-)

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guest January 24, 2013 11:50 pm

no Heaslip??Sexton?? anyone from leinster for that matter

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Guesto January 25, 2013 12:50 am

While Fotuali'i is great and I dont think anyone can dispute that, they're clearly choosing players who made it to the last 8 of the HCup (And Launchbury who's in the Amlin knockouts). No point having Fotuali'i in the shortlist when he has no more games to play and prove himself the best!

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rugbyprout January 25, 2013 2:30 pm

FOFANA is the best !!!!

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noda March 03, 2013 4:27 pm

mamuka gorgodze is the best

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