Rugby: Dan Carter tops shortlist for European player of the year

New Zealand's fly half, Dan Carter, poses on March 30, 2016 at Racing Metro 92's training centre in Le Plessis-Robinson, near Paris.
New Zealand's fly half, Dan Carter, poses on March 30, 2016 at Racing Metro 92's training centre in Le Plessis-Robinson, near Paris.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - New Zealand's rugby union World Cup winning fly half Dan Carter, at French club Racing 92, was nominated for the 2016 European player of the year award on Wednesday.

Fifteen players are on the shortlist for the award which is given out by the organisers of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, the ECPR.

France captain France Guilhem Guirado of Toulon would be a key rival for the award to be announced May 13.

Shortlist: Dan Carter (Racing 92), Guilhen Guirado (Toulon), Nick Abendanon (Clermont) Steffon Armitage (Toulon), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester), Juan Imhoff (Racing 92), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), George North (Northampton), Charles Piutau (Wasps), George Smith (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens) et Thomas Waldrom (Exeter).