Ulster Rugby wing Jacob Stockdale has been nominated for the 2019 EPCR European Player of the Year award, having enjoyed a tremendous Heineken Champions Cup pool stage campaign as the Irish province reached the last eight for the first time since 2014. 

The 22-year-old leads the competition’s try-scoring charts with six alongside Leinster Rugby hooker Sean Cronin, after notching a try in each of his opening five matches, including a score in a Heineken Man of the Match display against 2018 finalists Racing 92 in Round 5. 

Stockdale also sits second in metres carried (423) behind Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell and second for clean breaks (13) behind Scarlets back Steff Evans. 

He will look to continue his excellent form when Ulster travel to face defending champions Leinster in the quarter-finals on March 30 in Dublin. That match is live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS. 

To vote for Stockdale as your EPCR European Player of the Year or to view all 15 nominees, click HERE and be in the running to win two VIP tickets to the Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle next May, one night’s accommodation courtesy of EPCR and a signed jersey of one of the Heineken Champions Cup final clubs. 

The 15 nominees will be reduced to five in April, following the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals, by a combination of the public vote and the verdict of the judges. Players who have not been included in the initial list, but who make a significant impact in a quarter-final or semi-final can be considered for the shortlist. 

The voting will then be reopened and the winner of the 2019 award will be announced following the Heineken Champions Cup final at St James’ Park on Saturday, May 11. 

The winner of one of the most prized individual accolades in the world game will receive a specially struck gold medal as well as the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy. 

The judging panel includes a wealth of International rugby talent – such as Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll (BT Sport), ex-South Africa wing Bryan Habana (Channel 4) and former France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili (beIN SPORTS).