Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

Israel Folau nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year

Folau is one of five world-class players on the shortlist for the prestigious title with the victor to be announced at the World Rugby Awards ceremony at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 26 November.

Following a stellar year for worldwide rugby, the shortlists for the ultimate accolade feature players who have excited and inspired fans around the world with their feats in 2017.

British and Irish Lions duo Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje lead the charge after a trophy-laden season for both club and country, following the drawn series against the world champion All Blacks.

England's Lydia Thompson has been nominated for World Rugby's Women's Player of the Year, with New Zealand duo Kelly Brazier and Portia Woodman and France pair Romane Menager and Safi N'Diaye also on the list.

The shortlist was chosen by a few legends on the World Rugby Awards panel, such as Richie McCaw, John Smit, George Gregan, Maggie Alphonsi, Clive Woodward, Brian O'Driscoll, Fabien Galthié, and Agustín Pichot.

In a new step in the selection process, fans, worldwide captains, coaches and media will have their say before the panel considers the winners of the prestigious awards.

28-year-old Folau's nomination comes on the back of a sensational 2017.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: "There have been numerous highlights from a fascinating year of global rugby that comprised an outstanding Women's Rugby World Cup, a compelling British and Irish Lions tour, Six Nations and The Rugby Championship competitions and a superb programme of test rugby".

The dual-code worldwide took out his third John Eales Medal (most ever) for Australian player of the year in 2017, and also broke fellow rugby league convert Lote Tuqiri's record for most Test tries in a calendar year by an Australian.

"I am sure there will be lots of debate over the coming weeks". In June he became the first Wallaby to score doubles in three consecutive Tests and finished joint top try scorer in the Rugby Championship.