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Stockdale, Cave and Addison up for top honours at player awards

Jacob Stockdale
Jacob Stockdale

By Michael Sadlier

Jacob Stockdale could land a double success from this year's Zurich Irish Rugby Players Awards ceremony.

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The 23-year-old has been nominated for both the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year and Try of the Year awards which will be presented in Dublin on May 15.

There are two other Ulster players who have made the shortlists for honours with Darren Cave and Will Addison gaining nominations.

Should Stockdale land the Nevin Spence accolade then he will have won it for two years running, while his Try of the Year nomination is, unsurprisingly, for the winger's spine-tingling touchdown in last November's epic win over the All Blacks.

The soon-to-retire Cave has been nominated along with Leinster's Rhys Ruddock and James Tracy for the Medal of Excellence, which is given to the individual who has shown exceptional commitment to the game on and off the field.

Addison, in his first season in Irish rugby, which also saw him make his Test debut, has been nominated as a possible winner of the Supporters' Player of the Year.

Stockdale will battle it out with James Ryan and Jordan Larmour for the Nevin Spence award and with Keith Earls and Larmour for the outstanding try.

Ryan has a total of three nominations as, along with the Nevin Spence award, he is up for Player of the Year and the Supporters' Player of the Year.

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