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Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

14 November 2017, 05:51 | Henrietta Morgan

Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje shortlisted for World Rugby Player of the Year

Folau is one of five world-class players on the shortlist for the prestigious title with the victor to be announced at the World Rugby Awards ceremony at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 26 November.

Folau is the 10th Australian to be nominated for the award since it's creation in 2001 after George Gregan, George Smith, Phil Waugh, Matt Giteau, Chris Latham, David Pocock, Kurtley Beale, Will Genia and Michael Hooper.

He celebrated his 50th test against Samoa with a two-try, 24-point haul and a piece of All Blacks history alongside his brothers, and finished the Lions series as top point-scorer with 41.

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The Breakthrough Player of the Year will be contested by three players - Argentina's Emiliano Boffelli, New Zealand winger Rieko Ioane and France centre Damian Penaud.

England captain Sarah Hunter won the award for the best player in the world past year, with four previous English winners in Michaela Staniford (2012), Carol Isherwood (2008), Maggie Alphosi (2006) and Shelly Rae (2001).

The Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2016, Itoje is nominated for this prestigious award for the second year running after continuing his impressive form in 2017.

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Kelly Brazier and Portia Woodman were nominated for the Women's Player of the Year award on the back of New Zealand's World Cup triumph earlier this year.

They were joined by France's Romane Menager and Safi N'Diaye as Les Bleus came away with the bronze medal at the world event.

Ioane only made his Test debut 12 months ago and the rapid wing has been recognised for a magnificent start to his global career, having scored nine tries in 11 matches for the world champions.

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