Stade Toulousain scrum-half Antoine Dupont is again included on the five-man shortlist for the EPCR Player of the Year award after another superlative campaign.
The France international, who was the 2021 EPCR Player of the Year, has been nominated for the 2023 award after helping Toulouse to the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals.
Dupont was at the forefront of Toulouse’s march to the last four, starting in all seven of their games and crossing for a try brace against Sale Sharks in Round 2.
The 26-year-old was the focal point for his team and is among the leading players in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup when it comes to carries (68), metres made (349) and line breaks (10), while he leads the way for defenders beaten (27) and offloads (19).
2023 EPCR Player of the Year shortlist
Grégory ALLDRITT (Stade Rochelais)
Caelan DORIS (Leinster Rugby)
Antoine DUPONT (Stade Toulousain)
Garry RINGROSE (Leinster Rugby)
Josh VAN DER FLIER (Leinster Rugby)
Judging Panel – Bryan Habana (two-time Heineken Champions Cup winner), Sarah Hunter (former England captain), Elma Smit (sports presenter and producer), Andy Goode (two-time Heineken Cup winner), Dimitri Yachvili (France Télévisions and Challenge Cup winner)
Roll of Honour
2022: Josh van der Flier (Leinster Rugby)
2021: Antoine Dupont (Stade Toulousain)
2020: Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
2019: Alex Goode (Saracens)
2018: Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)
2017: Owen Farrell (Saracens)
2016: Maro Itoje (Saracens)
2015: Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
2014: Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon)
2013: Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon)
2012: Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby)
2011: Sean O’Brien (Leinster Rugby)
2010: Ronan O’Gara (Munster Rugby – best player of first 15 years of European club rugby)