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Madigan & Heaslip among nominations
27 Jan 2015 17:05
Ian Madigan and Jamie Heaslip have been nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year.
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Selected by a panel of rugby experts including European Cup winner Alan Quinlan and Challenge Cup winner Dimitri Yachvili, the longlist includes 15 players who have performed outstandingly during the 2014/15 season to date.
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Last season's winner Steffon Armitage is nominated once again, along with Northampton Saints' George North and Fritz Lee of ASM Clermont Auvergne who made the 2014 longlist.
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Saracens' prolific try scorer, Chris Ashton, who made last season's five-man shortlist, is also included on this occasion.
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Clermont, who clash with Saints in the Champions Cup quarter-final in April, have four players in the list in total.
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The panel of judges will have the option to consider additional players who make major contributions during the knockout stages of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup before announcing a five-man shortlist following the semi-finals with the overall winner named directly after EPCR's finals in London in early May.
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EPCR European Player of the Year 2015 longlist:
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Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
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Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon)
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Chris Ashton (Saracens)
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Jamie Heaslip (Leinster Rugby)
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Juan Imhoff (Racing Metro 92)
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Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
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Fritz Lee (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
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Camille Lopez (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
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Ian Madigan (Leinster Rugby)
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George North (Northampton Saints)
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Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro 92)
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Aurélien Rougerie (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
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Nicolas Sanchez (RC Toulon)
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Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro 92)
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Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
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