Farrell, Launchbury and Lawes up for England award

Owen Farrell, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes have been shortlisted for the Rugby Players’ Association’s England Player of the Year award.

All three played key roles in England’s charge to the Six Nations title and their lengthy unbeaten run.

“To be nominated by the guys you wear the England shirt with is a massive honour and I’m extremely thankful for their support,” said Saracens fly-half Farrell. “Playing rugby you want to gain the respect of your teammates and it’s a privilege to represent them with this nomination.”

Northampton lock Lawes added: “It’s a huge honour to be nominated by my England teammates and hopefully it reflects the hard work and dedication I have put in this season. To have the recognition and support from my peers is wicked.”

And Wasps second-row forward Launchbury echoed Lawes’ sentiments: “It’s a special feeling to be nominated by your peers and I have really enjoyed being part of the team this year. “We’ve had a very successful 12 months and it’s a privilege to play with such talented players.”

The winner will be announced on May 10.