All four provinces have a nominee for IRUPA Players' Player of the Year Award

The Irish Rugby Union Players' Association (IRUPA) has unveiled the nominations for the Zurich Irish Rugby Players' Awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Dublin on May 4.

Ten awards will be given out at the ceremony, culminating in the Player of the Year Award.

For the first time ever the four shortlisted nominees of the main award consist of one from each Irish province .

Rory Best from Ulster, Connacht's Robbie Henshaw, Jack McGrathof Leinster and Munster's CJ make up the shortlist as voted on by their fellow professional teammates.

The Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year - an award which Henshaw has won for the last three years - will also be announced.

Leinster have two representatives in Garry Ringrose and Josh Van Der Flier, whilst Ulster's blockbusting midfielder Stuart McCloskey rounds out the trio.

The three players have had breakthrough seasons for their provinces with the latter two also making their debuts for Ireland in the Six Nations.

Amongst the other prestigious awards, the BNY Mellon Hall of Fame will take place on the night, with the recipient to be announced in due course.

"To be nominated for an IRUPA Award is such a fantastic achievement, it really is a great honour to be recognised by your fellow players,” Ireland legend Paul O’Connell said of the nominations.

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees, wish them the best and hope they enjoy the night.”

Other awards that will be presented on the evening include: The Volkswagen Try of the Year, The Irish Times Supporters' Player of the Year, the Zurich Contribution to Irish Society Award, the BNY Mellon Women's XVs Player of the Year, the IRUPA Women's 7's Player of the Year, the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa Moment of the Year and The Vodafone Medal for Excellence.

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