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Five Fijian players nominated for top European award

January 24, 2018 4:19 am

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians off load king Leone Nakarawa, winger Josua Tuisova and center Levani Botia have been nominated for the European Professional Club Rugby Player of the Year award.

Nakarawa has been at his best form for Racing 92 this season while Tuisova who’s dubbed as “The Bus” has been scoring tries for Toulon in the Top 14 and European Champions Cup.

Botia has also been in devastating form for La Rochelle this season helping the side qualify to the quarter-final of the European Champions Cup.

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Two other Fijian players have also made the cut, which includes former national team rep and Leinster captain Isa Nacewa and Clermont winger Alivereti Raka.

Players from eight different clubs and all three European leagues are among the 15 nominees.

Last year’s winner, Owen Farrell of Saracens, is included once again.

The list will be reduced to five players in April following the Champions Cup semi-finals by a combination of the public vote and the verdict of the panel of judges.

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