18 November 2013, 11:56am
Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw has been shortlisted for the International Player of the Year and World XV of the Year awards – and he needs your votes!
The awards, part of the inaugural Ultimate Rugby IRPA Awards will be decided by votes cast on Ultimate Rugby's mobile app, and announced in conjunction with other category winners on November 26th.
For their World XV of the Year award, you are being asked to pick one of the three nominated finalists in each of the 15 playing positions; for the Player of Year you are invited to choose just one name from the shortlist.
All you need to do is to go to www.ultimaterugby.com, download the mobile app and follow the voting instructions contained within.
The 45-man shortlist, prepared by a panel of IRPA recently retired international players, features players from 11 nations, all of whom were in international action during the 2013 year.
World ranked No.1 New Zealand has the most entries with 15 players, followed by Wales (8), South Africa (6), France (4), Argentina, Samoa (3), Australia, Ireland (2), England, Italy, Fiji (1).
The shortlist for the Fans' Player and World XV of the Year awards (in order of playing position) is:
1. Vincent Debaty (Fr), Alex Corbiseiro (Eng), Marcos Ayerza (Arg)
2. Bismarck Du Plessis (SA), Benjamin Kayser (Fr), Richard Hibbard (Wales)
3. Juan Figallo (Arg), Adam Jones (Wales), Census Johnston (Samoa)
4. Sam Whitelock (NZ), Eben Eztebeth (SA), Joe Tekori (Samoa)
5. James Horwill (Aus), Brodie Retallick (NZ), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Arg), Louis Picomoles (Fr), Liam Messam (NZ)
7. Sean O'Brien (Ire), Richie McCaw (NZ), Francois Louw (SA)
8. Kieran Read (NZ), Sergio Parisse (Italy), Toby Faletau (Wales)
9. Kahn Fotuali'l (Samoa), Aaron Smith (NZ), Will Genia (Aus)
10. Dan Carter (NZ), Johnny Sexton (Ire), Aaron Cruden (NZ)
11. George North (Wales), Julian Savea (NZ), Sitiveni Sivivatu (NZ)
12. Jamie Roberts (Wales), Ma'a Nonu (NZ), Jean DeVilliers (SA)
13. Wesley Fofana (Fr), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Conrad Smith (NZ)
14. Israel Folau (Aus), Ben Smith (NZ), Napolioni Nalaga (Fiji)
15. Willie Le Roux (SA), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) Israel Dagg (NZ)