Sophie Spence has been honoured for her impressive Six Nations performance with a nomination for the 2015 World Player of the Year. The second row was a key member of the side as Ireland claimed a second Six Nations title in the space of three years.
The 28 year old is joined on the three woman shortlist by France captain Gaëlle Mignot and New Zealand's Kendra Cocksedge. If she were to win, Spence would be the first Irish recipient of the award and her nomination really goes to show the progress that the women's game has made in the country in the past few years.
Spence scored one of the tries during Ireland's emphatic 73-3 win over Scotland on the final day of the Six Nations campaign. That victory was enough to hand Ireland the title over France and hopes will be high that another impressive year will be topped off with some personal glory for Spence.
The winner of the award will be announced at the World Rugby awards on November 1st.