Four Irishmen have been included in the long list for the ERC European Player of the Year award.
Leinster’s Cian Healy and Sean Cronin, and Munster’s Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony have been named on the 15-man list, while Ulster’s South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is also included.
Three players from reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon have made the list, last year’s winner Jonny Wilkinson among them, while Clermont Auvergne have two players – Fritz Lee and Sitiveni Sivivatu – included.
The winner will be named following the Heineken Cup final in May.
ERC European Player of the Year 2014 long list: Steffon Armitage (Toulon), Miles Benjamin (Leicester), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Matt Giteau (Toulon), Alex Goode (Saracens), Cian Healy (Leinster), Fritz Lee (Clermont Auvergne), George North (Northampton), Paul O’Connell (Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Clermont Auvergne), Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)