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McCloud
16th-May-2011, 08:26
irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011, 11:07


Leinster trio on five-man ERC shortlist


Rugby: Three players from Leinster have been named on the shortlist for the ERC European Player of the Year award. Ireland internationals Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien join Fijian fullback Isa Nacewa on the list, having played key roles in Leinster's progress through to Saturday's Heineken Cup final.


They will go up against Northampton giant prop Soane Tonga'uiha and Stade Francais talisman Sergio Parisse for Europe's top individual award.


Tonga'uiha will look to halt Leinster's charge for a second Heineken Cup title at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, while Parisse will be going for glory in the Amlin Challenge Cup when the Parisians take on Harlequins.


The winner will be announced on May 24th and a presentation made by tournament organisers ERC at his respective club.

Mule
16th-May-2011, 08:29
But where are the Munster representatives. BRRRRRPP.

Nacewa has got to be a favourite for this.

Upfront_1979
16th-May-2011, 08:49
I'd say O'Brien might win it. He's top of their stats

blackadder II
16th-May-2011, 08:50
Nacewa has got to be a favourite for this.


I'm not sure about that, I'd say O'Brien will be pretty close.

McCloud
16th-May-2011, 09:02
Anyone know who decides who wins. Who's on the panel?

Dave Cahill
16th-May-2011, 09:05
ERC have appointed an independent panel of five judges Stuart
Barnes (Sky Sports), Jean Roger Delsaud (Midi Olympique), Raphael Ibanez
(France Television), Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times) and Gerry
Thornley (The Irish Times) who submitted their respective top-five
nominations and ERC then cross referenced and validated these to
determine the final shortlist.

All 44 participating clubs (24 in
the Heineken Cup and 20 in the Amlin Challenge Cup) will send in one
vote and ERC will take these responses to the panel and the winner will
be decided in Cardiff after both European finals.




From the full version of the article in the IT.




I don't know what it means either btw.

Mule
16th-May-2011, 09:11
ERC have appointed an
independent panel of five judges Stuart
Barnes (Sky Sports), Jean Roger Delsaud (Midi
Olympique), Raphael Ibanez
(France Television), Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times)
and Gerry
Thornley (The Irish Times) who submitted their
respective top-five
nominations and ERC then cross referenced and validated
these to
determine the final shortlist.

All 44 participating clubs
(24 in
the Heineken Cup and 20 in the Amlin Challenge Cup) will
send in one
vote and ERC will take these responses to the panel and
the winner will
be decided in Cardiff after both European finals.




From the full version of the article in the IT.




I don't know what it means either btw.


Full on knife fight between Barnes, Jones and Thornley is
on the cards then. Three pr**ks of the very highest order
all in the same room trying to push their own agendas.

blackadder II
16th-May-2011, 09:12
ERC have appointed an
independent panel of five judges Stuart
Barnes (Sky Sports), Jean Roger Delsaud (Midi
Olympique), Raphael Ibanez
(France Television), Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times)
and Gerry
Thornley (The Irish Times) who submitted their
respective top-five
nominations and ERC then cross referenced and validated
these to
determine the final shortlist.


All 44 participating clubs
(24 in
the Heineken Cup and 20 in the Amlin Challenge Cup) will
send in one
vote and ERC will take these responses to the panel and
the winner will
be decided in Cardiff after both European finals.






From the full version of the article in the IT.






I don't know what it means either btw.





Full on knife fight between Barnes, Jones and Thornley is
on the cards then. Three pr**ks of the very highest order
all in the same room trying to push their own agendas.


Feisty

the plastic paddy
16th-May-2011, 09:38
SOB for me. Been best player in Europe all season. Hope he will be one of the stars of RWC having recovered from a shocking performance in the ML final when he dropped the ball 20 times!?!

FORWARD....
16th-May-2011, 10:56
Sergio Parisse deserves an accolade after his season for Italy and Stade.

I love the ERC's idea of an 'independent panel of judges'- 2 English, 2 French and 1 Irish. No Scotland/Wales/Italy reps.

Bosco
16th-May-2011, 11:10
Stephen Jones used to be Welsh smileys/lol.gif

moritz
16th-May-2011, 11:31
Parisse is a cert - lump on ! smileys/cool.gif

the plastic paddy
16th-May-2011, 12:06
ERC have appointed an
independent panel of five judges Stuart
Barnes (Sky Sports), Jean Roger Delsaud (Midi
Olympique), Raphael Ibanez
(France Television), Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times)
and Gerry
Thornley (The Irish Times) who submitted their
respective top-five
nominations and ERC then cross referenced and validated
these to
determine the final shortlist.


All 44 participating clubs
(24 in
the Heineken Cup and 20 in the Amlin Challenge Cup) will
send in one
vote and ERC will take these responses to the panel and
the winner will
be decided in Cardiff after both European finals.






From the full version of the article in the IT.






I don't know what it means either btw.


Full on knife fight between Barnes, Jones and Thornley is
on the cards then. Three pr**ks of the very highest order
all in the same room trying to push their own agendas. F**k the knives, couldn't we give the three of them shotguns so they can do us all a favour.

ormond lad
24th-May-2011, 22:46
<DIV ="line ">O'Brien named ERC Player of the Year...</DIV>
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<DIV ="date ">25 May 2011, 12:10 am</DIV>
<DIV ="author ">By Editor</DIV></DIV>
<DIV ="absact ">Sean O'Brien has been named as the ERC European Player of the Year for 2011...</DIV>
<DIV ="absact ">The award crowns a magnificent season for the Leinster back row player, who started every one of the Irish province's nine games as they carried off the Heineken Cup for the second time in three years. </DIV>
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This weekend O'Brien, who also played throughout Ireland's RBS 6 Nations campaign this year, and his Leinster team mates will be hoping to double up by becoming only the fourth club to win a domestic league andHeineken Cup double when they meet Munster in the Magners League Grand Final at Thomond Park.


O'Brien was presented with his award, a specially struck gold medal, by ERC chief executive Derek McGrath at a ceremony at the player's home ground, the RDS.


"Sean was an inspirational character at the heart of the Leinster pack in their victorious Heineken Cup season and proved himself to be a major force both as a ball carrier and defender," said McGrath.


"He played across the back row, scored vital tries and picked up three Heineken Man of the Match awards. His power, athleticism and consistency over the course of the Heineken Cup made him an excellent choice for the ERC European Player of the Year Award."


In 2010 ERC, the governing body of Europe's two club rugby tournaments, launched the highly acclaimed ERC15 Awards, recognising the efforts of a number of outstanding contributors to the first decade and a half of European competition. The inaugural recipient of theERC European Player Award, as the best player over the first 15 years of these tournaments, was Munster's Ronan O'Gara.


For the 2010/11 season ERC opted to present one award to recognise the best player of the season from both of its tournaments - the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup - selected by a panel of five experts.


The Selection Panel comprised three members of last year's ERC15 Awards committee, Stuart Barnes (Sky Sports), Jean-Roger Delsaud (Midi Olympique) and Stephen Jones (Sunday Times). They were joined by Heineken Cup Ambassador, Raphael Ibanez, and Gerry Thornley (Irish Times).


After studying the performances of players from the 24 Heineken Cup and 20 Amlin Challenge Cup teams in this season's campaign the Selection Panel presented a five man shortlist to ERC:


<S&#079;NG>*Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)
*Isa Nacewa (Leinster)
*Sean O'Brien (Leinster)
</S&#079;NG>*Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais Paris)
*Soane Tonga'uiha (Northampton Saints)


The shortlist was also presented to the 44 clubs and their recommendations were factored into the deliberations of the Selection Panel which reconvened in Cardiff, host city for the two European finals, to complete the selection process. The winner was confirmed after all five shortlisted candidates had been seen in action in the two finals.


"It's been a fantastic year for me, and more importantly for Leinster," said O'Brien. "It's great to be presented with an award like this, but it has more to do with the team than it has to do with me. Hopefully, this is only the start rather than the end of our success in Europe, and of course, we've got another trophy to aim at this weekend."


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