The nominees for the 2020 Zurich Rugby Players’ Player of the Year Award have been announced.  The Awards will be broadcast on Virgin Media Two on Saturday, 17th October after the Heineken Champions Cup Final.

Leinster teammates James Lowe and Garry Ringrose are amongst the nominees for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award and are joined on the shortlist by Andrew Conway from Munster and John Cooney from Ulster.

The Women’s 15’s Player of the Year will come from Linda Djougang who appeared on Sport for Business over the summer in her capacity as a frontline nurse as well as a star on the pitch; Edel McMahon and Cliodhna Moloney.

The Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year Award nominees are Ryan Baird and Caelen Doris from Leinster and Shane Daly from Munster.

There will also be awards for Try of the Year and for the Men’s and Women’s 7’s Player of the Year.

Perhaps the most telling award this year of years will be for the Zurich Contribution to Society Award.

The influence of sporting personalities on society has never been more keenly felt than throughout the past 12 months.

Many have made significant contributions, especially in highlighting the needs of charities at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This award recognises those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to bring about impactful change and the nominees are Ultan Dillane, Billy Holland and Andrew Porter. 

“It has been a year like no other and Zurich has never been prouder to support the players through the difficulties of these past few months,” said Zurich Ireland CEO Anthony Brennan.

“While sport in Ireland is a major contributor to the national economy, it has also been made clear how important it is to the health and wellbeing of so many.”

“As role models, players across Ireland will continue to play a key part in the recovery of the country through their own individual initiative and campaigns such as Tackle Your Feelings.”

“We look forward to showcasing their off-field contributions and celebrating their achievements on the field.”


Join Rugby Players Ireland and Sport for Business tomorrow morning for a special live Webinar looking at how the Tackle Your Feelings campaign can give valuable insight on the challenges faced by sporting and business organisations in returning to workplaces…