Five Ulster players have been nominated for the Guinness PRO14 Dream Team ahead of the final reveal on tomorrow night’s special TV broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and eir Sport 1.
Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marcell Coetzee, John Cooney and Stuart McCloskey are all shortlisted for their respective positions.
A panel of over 75 media members were invited to take part in the voting. A group that included many former players and coaches alongside some of the most trusted and respected writers involved in covering rugby from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.
The voting has now closed and three nominees have been identified in every position, with 12 teams represented across all five participating countries.
The voting has been closer than ever thanks to the rich form of the near 300 internationals who compete in the Championship each season.
The 2018/19 season has seen heightened levels of competitiveness across the Guinness PRO14, with Benetton Rugby becoming the first Italian team to reach the knock-out stages.
Benetton received the highest nominations, followed by Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh (both six), Ulster, Munster and Connacht (all with five).
The best talent from eir sport and Premier Sport will break down the Dream Team selections and discuss who has rightly won their spot, and who was unlucky to miss out. Murray Kinsella, Rory Lawson, Sean Holley and Luke Fitzgerald, who were all part of the 75-plus voting panel, will come together for this TV special to voice their opinions on the best performers in the Guinness PRO14.
Please note: The show will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 at 20:00 in the UK and on eir sport 1 at 19:00 in the Rep of Ireland.
Nominations listed by alphabetical order:
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster), Eric O’Sullivan (Ulster), Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh)
Epalahame Faiva (Benetton Rugby), Rob Herring (Ulster), Ken Owens (Scarlets)
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Marco Riccioni (Benetton Rugby)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby)
Scott Fardy (Leinster), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)
Max Deegan (Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues)
Colby Fainga’a (Connacht), Braam Steyn (Benetton), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh)
Marcel Coetzee (Ulster), Bill Mata (Edinburgh), CJ Stander (Munster)
Caolin Blade (Connacht), John Cooney (Ulster), Dewaldt Duvenage (Benetton)
Jack Carty (Connacht), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh)
Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), James Lowe (Leinster), Rabz Maxwane (Toyota Cheetahs)
Bundee Aki (Connacht), Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Blues), Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)
Tom Farrell (Connacht), Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors)