The five nominees for the 2016 World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament – including Ireland’s Max Deegan – have been announced as the competition nears its dramatic conclusion in Manchester on Saturday.
Number 8 Max Deegan touches down for the Ireland Under-20s during their memorable pool victory over the Baby Blacks
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The winner of the prestigious award will be determined by rugby fans on social media platform Facebook. Fans can vote by commenting on the World Rugby Facebook post with their nomination, using ‘VOTE’ and the surname of the nominee, e.g, ‘VOTE DEEGAN’, etc.
The vote will end at full-time of the final between Ireland and England on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium, with the winner being announced across World Rugby’s social media platforms.
In 2015, former World Rugby U-20 Championship star and England number 8 James Chisholm walked away with the award, beating New Zealand’s Tevita Li and Akira Ioane, as well as Australia’s Jonah Placid.
2016 WORLD RUGBY U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT NOMINEES –
MAX DEEGAN – IRELAND
Number 8 Deegan has been instrumental for Ireland in the four matches leading up to their first ever U-20 Championship final on Saturday. Powerful and with surprising speed for a back row, Deegan has been a key cog in the Irish pack, scoring a crucial try against New Zealand in the pool stages as well as romping down the pitch against Argentina to score a superb solo try.
Game kicks off at 7pm with live coverage on Sky Sports and TG4.