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Three Premiership stars shortlisted for European Player of the Year

Gallagher Premiership stars Courtney Lawes, Fin Smith and Marcus Smith have all been named on this year’s European Player of the Year shortlist. 

All three players have been influencial in guiding their sides to the Champions Cup semi-finals, and they will all be hoping to go one step further and reach the showpiece event at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Elsewhere on the shortlist, Leinster lead the way with four nominees as Dan Sheehan, Caelan Doris, Jamison Gibson-Park and James Lowe all make the list. There is also room for French international, and arguably the best player in the world, Antoine Dupont. The Toulouse scrum-half could win the award for the second time in his career.

The nominated players were based on the combined verdict of a public vote and a judging panel.

The winner and recipient of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy will be announced following the Investec Champions Cup final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, 25 May. They will also join a converted list of previous English winners, including Sam Simmonds, Alex Goode, Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Jonny Wilkinson.

Voting for the nominees for one of the most coveted individual awards in world rugby is open again on epcrugby.com/ipoty

2024 Investec European Player of the Year nominees

Caelan Doris (Leinster Rugby)
Antoine Dupont (Stade Toulousain)
Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster Rugby)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
James Lowe (Leinster Rugby)
Dan Sheehan (Leinster Rugby)
Fin Smith (Northampton Saints)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)

Investec Champions Cup semi-finals

Champions Cup trophy

After some fascinating action over the last two weekends, we now have our four Investec Champions Cup semi-finalists.

Leinster got a measure of revenge against La Rochelle, as they put the defending champions to the sword in a 40-13 thumping. Toulouse put on a second-half show to thrash Exeter 64-26, Harlequins beat Bordeaux 42-41 in the game of the weekend, and Northampton cruised to a 59-22 victory over the Bulls.

All four teams now prepare for the semi-finals, and will all have their sights firmly on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Leinster face Northampton at Dublin’s Croke Park, and Toulouse go head-to-head with Harlequins at Le Stadium in Toulouse.