- Springbok flank Marcell Coetzee has been named on the 15-man shortlist for the coveted European Player of the Year award for 2020
- Coetzee's nomination comes off the back of some sterling performances for his side Ulster
- The 28-year-old could become the first South African to win the award, but faces stiff competition from a talented group of international players
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South African flank Marcell Coetzee has been nominated for the coveted EPCR European Player of the Year award.
Coetzee has been in sparkling form for his club side Ulster and this propelled him to make the 15-man shortlist.
The Bok flanker could become the first South African to win the award, but faces stiff competition from other world class players.
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SA Rugby Mag reported that table-topping Leinster and Racing 92 both boast three players on the shortlist.
Toulose contribute two players to the list in the form of All Black Jerome Kaino and French international Romain Ntamack.
Coetzee is also joined on the prestigious list by his teammate John Cooney.
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Voting for the award has commenced and will be decided on a combination of votes from fans and judges.
The list will be reduced to five players, but there is still scope for new players to be added should they produce match-winning efforts in the playoffs of the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the winner will officially be announced at the final of the Champions Cup on Saturday, 23 May 2020.
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