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Alun Wyn Jones Tom Curry is the ONLY Englishman on World Rugby’s Player of the Year award shortlist… as two South Africans make the cut alongside Alun Wyn Jones on the eve of the Rugby World Cup final
- Tom Curry is on a six-man shortlist for the World Rugby Player of the Year award
- Pieter-Steph du Toit and Cheslin Kolbe make the list with Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones
- Johnny Sexton, Beauden Barrett and Dan Carter all won in the last three years
By Will Kelleher For Mailonline
Tom Curry is England’s only representative on the World Rugby Player of the Year shortlist – as Maro Itoje and George Ford were snubbed.
South African duo Pieter-Steph du Toit and Cheslin Kolbe are nominated as well as New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea, Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones and – in a surprise call – USA hooker Joe Taufete’e.
Whoever wins the award will become the first player who does not play fly-half to take the prize in four years after Johnny Sexton, Beauden Barrett and Dan Carter have taken each award since 2015.
World Rugby have revealed the shortlist
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