Previous winners of the award include James Coughlan, John Hayes, Mick O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara, Donnacha Ryan and David Wallace.
Readers of the Irish Independent will be asked to text vote their preferred player, with further details published in this Friday's full issue of the Irish Independent, so make sure to check it out.
Academy players Cian Bohane, James Cronin and Ronan O'Mahony have been nominated for the John McCarthy award for Academy Player of the Year.
In total eleven diverse categories will be honoured at the awards, ranging from Munster Rugby Player of the Year, Women's Player of the Year, to School and Club of the Year.
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