Saints star Picamoles shortlisted for Six Nations prize

Saints star Louis Picamoles was in fine form for France (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints star Louis Picamoles was in fine form for France (picture: Sharon Lucey)

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Saints star Louis Picamoles is on the shortlist for the Six Nations player of the championship prize.

The No.8 was a key figure for France, excelling in each game and earning the man of the match award in the defeat to England at Twickenham.

Picamoles’ nomination came on the back of a statistical analysis by Accenture, official technology partner of the Six Nations, who worked with former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallet to draw up the 12-man shortlist.

However, the final say will be had by the supporters, who can vote at www.rbs6nations.com/RBSPlayerOfTheChampionship

Voting closes at midday on Tuesday, March 21.

Six Nations Player of the Championship shortlist

Louis Picamoles (France)

CJ Stander (Ireland)

Finn Russell (Scotland)

Camille Lopez (France)

Maro Itoje (England)

Owen Farrell (England)

Joe Launchbury (England)

Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Conor Murray (Ireland)

Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Rhys Webb (Wales)

Ken Owens (Wales)