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Wilkinson leads European nominees

29th April 2014 17:42

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Contenders: Burger, Wilkinson

The shortlist for this season's European Player of the Year award has been reduced to five, including Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson.

Wilkinson is joined on the shortened list of nominees by Toulon team-mate Steffon Armitage.

There are three representatives from Saracens, including semi-final Man of the Match Jacques Burger along with Schalk Brits and record-breaking try scorer Chris Ashton.

Wilkinson is the incumbent after winning the award last year following Toulon's success in Dublin over Clermont.

Ashton broke the record for the most tries scored in Europe in a season when he racked up his 10th and 11th scores of the campaign in Saracens semi-final win over Clermont last weekend.

Armitage's form has lead to calls for him to be included in the England squad despite being based abroad.

Burger was named Man of the Match in the semi-final after making an astonishing 27 tackles.

Brits meanwhile has been at his elusive best throughout the competition.

Finalists:

Steffon Armitage (Toulon)
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
Jacques Burger (Saracens)
Schalk Brits (Saracens)

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