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Two Irish Players Included In Bizarre 6 Nations Player Of The Tournament Shortlist

Gavan Casey
By Gavan Casey

The Six Nations have released their 12 nominees for Player of the Tournament, and there are a number of slightly bizarre inclusions as well as notable absentees,

Ireland half-backs Conor Murray and Jonny Sexton can surely consider themselves slightly fortunate to be included at the expense of the likes of Dan Biggar and Jamie Roberts, while CJ Stander seems fairly hard done by considering his gazillion carries and mammoth performances - particularly over the last two weeks of the tournament.

Here is the list of nominees in full:

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Deserved nominations for Scotland's Duncan Taylor and genuine contender Stuart Hogg, along with French flier Virimi Vakatawa. Jack Nowell, who undoubtedly had an impressive tournament, is a more surprising inclusion, while his Grand Slam winning teammates George Kruis and Maro Itoje are nowhere to be seen.

Naturally, the announcement has been met with an element of scepticism by rugby's Twitter community:

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