2 Tigers players have been nominated for the ERC's European Player of the Season. England test pair Dan Cole and Geoff Parling have been rewarded for their outstanding contribution to Tigers winning the Pool of Death.
The pair are part of a 15 strong longlist of contenders that will be cut to a 5 man shortlist after the semi finals in late April. The longlist has been compiled by a panel of journalists from ERC's sponsors in England, France and Ireland including former Tiger Will Greenwood. The fact that all nominees play in these three countries is of course entirely coincidental.
The award will be voted for by each of the 44 clubs in this season Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup as well as members of the panel.
Steffon Armitage (Toulon)
Rory Best (Ulster Rugby)
Julien Bonnaire (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Wesley Fofana (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier)
Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
James Johnston (Harlequins)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Morgan Parra (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby)
Simon Zebo (Munster Rugby)
The Judging Panel for this season's award is: Stuart Barnes (Sky
Sports), Will Greenwood (Daily Telegraph, World Cup winner and two-time
Challenge Cup winner), Stephen Jones (Rugby Correspondent, Sunday
Times), Emmanuel Massicard (Editor, Midi Olympique) and Gerry Thornley
(Rugby Correspondent, Irish Times).