Ireland’s Garry Ringrose has been nominated for the IRB Junior Player of the Year Award after a string of impressive performances at the Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

Ringrose bagged three tries in the tournament as Ireland reached the semi-finals stage for the first time in their history before being eliminated by England.

The 19-year-old Leinster centre faces stiff opposition for the accolade from England winger Nathan Earle, South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard and New Zealand winger Tevita Li.

The winner of the award will be revealed after Friday’s final between England and South Africa in Auckland.

IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The IRB Junior World Championship is a finishing school for the future stars of world rugby and the character-building experiences learned on and off the field in New Zealand will serve the class of 2014 very well.

“Once again we have been treated to a wonderful tournament of great quality, excitement and competition and I am looking forward to seeing the young players who have proudly represented their countries step up and thrill fans watching future Rugby World Cups.

“It is always such a difficult task to select a shortlist from such talent, but the four players nominated for the prestigious IRB Junior Player of the Year thoroughly deserve their place, having been nominated by their peers and their opposition.”