Richie McCaw and Dan Carter have both made the four-man
shortlist for the IRB Player of the Year award.
The All Blacks skipper is in line to win the award for a
fourth time, while Carter has won it once before.
The duo are joined by two surprising entries, back-up England
No10 Owen Farrell and another first-five, the rejuvenated
Frederic Michalak of France.
McCaw is the only player to have received the accolade more
than once in its 11-year history, having won in 2006, 2009
and 2010. Carter won in 2005.
France flanker Thierry Dusautoir won the award last year.
IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said that it had been difficult
to select only four candidates.
"As ever, the competition has been fierce and the panel had a
tough time deliberating the shortlist from a number of
stand-out candidates," Lapasset said. "All four players on
the shortlist thoroughly deserve their place after standout
performances during the year and consistency in the tough
environment that is test rugby."
The winner, chosen by an independent panel of international
greats, will be announced on Monday, along with IRB Coach of
the Year and IRB Team of the Year.
The panel comprises Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphael
Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustin Pichot, Scott Quinnell,
Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace.
- Herald Online