World Rugby has announced the shortlist for the prestigious Women’s 15s Player of the Year awards for 2017.
The gong will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on November 26.
The nominees for World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year are Kelly Brazier (New Zealand), Romane Menager (France), Safi N’Diaye (France), Lydia Thompson (England), and Portia Woodman (New Zealand).
The shortlist was chosen by a few legends on the World Rugby Awards panel such as Richie McCaw, John Smit, George Gregan, Maggie Alphonsi, Clive Woodward, Brian O’Driscoll, Fabien Galthié, and Agustín Pichot.
The new selection process will see fans, international captains, coaches and media have their say before the panel considers the winner of the prestigious award.
“There have been numerous highlights from a fascinating year of international rugby that comprised an outstanding Women’s Rugby World Cup, a compelling British and Irish Lions tour, Six Nations and The Rugby Championship competitions and a superb program of test rugby,” World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said.