Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg make shortlist for European Player of the Year award

The two Scots are up against Semi Radradra, Sam Simmonds and Virimi Vakatawa for prestigious award with the winner announced after next month's Heineken Champions Cup Final

Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg are on the five player short-list for 2020 European Player of the Year. Image: © Craig Watson -
Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg are on the five player short-list for 2020 European Player of the Year. Image: © Craig Watson -

SCOTLAND provides two of the five names on the short-list for the 2020 EPCR European Player of the Year award, with Racing 92 stand-off Finn Russell and Exeter Chiefs full-back Stuart Hogg going up against Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears/Bordeaux-Bègles), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) and Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92) for the prestigious prize.

An initial list of 15 names has been whittled down to this final five based on the combined verdict of an EPCR appointed selection panel and a public vote.

Voting has now reopened on and the winner of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy will be announced following the Heineken Champions Cup final between Racing 92 and Exeter Chiefs in Bristol on Saturday 17th October.

Judging panel: Erik Bonneval (beIN SPORTS), Bryan Habana (Channel 4), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Sonja McLaughlan (BBC Radio 5 Live), Brian O’Driscoll (BT Sport), Alan Quinlan (Virgin Media), Dimitri Yachvili (France Télévisions)

Roll of Honour:

2019: Alex Goode (Saracens)
2018: Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)
2017: Owen Farrell (Saracens)
2016:  Maro Itoje (Saracens)
2015:  Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
2014:  Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon)
2013:  Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon)
2012:  Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby)
2011:  Sean O’Brien (Leinster Rugby)
2010: Ronan O’Gara (Munster Rugby – best player of first 15 years of European club rugby)

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  1. Great to see them with a shout of winning. For me Russell should be the winner so much great play from him in the comp. That nutmeg v Munster was utter genius and he got the try as well, just to pick out one example


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