Justin Tipuric is one of 15 nominees for the 2023 EPCR European Player of the Year award after captaining Ospreys to the Heineken Champions Cup knockout stage.
The Wales flanker played the entirety of Ospreys’ Pool B campaign, crossing for a try against Montpellier Hérault Rugby in Round 3 to help his side to a crucial 35-29 win in Swansea.
Tipuric’s committed displays were key as Ospreys also won at TOP 14 champions in Round 2 and secured qualification with a last-gasp victory at Leicester Tigers in Round 4.
The British & Irish Lion is one of the top 10 players when it comes to tackles in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, chopping down 47 runners across the four games he has played so far.
Should Justin Tipuric be in the @WelshRugbyUnion starting XV for #SixNations this weekend? 👀
He's had a talismanic #HeinekenChampionsCup season for @ospreys so far 👊
Vote for him as your #EPOTY2023 here ➡️ https://t.co/axR8XWVozw pic.twitter.com/HNIfUll3U0
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) March 6, 2023
2023 EPCR PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Grégory ALLDRITT (Stade Rochelais)
Gavin COOMBES (Munster Rugby)
Caelan DORIS (Leinster Rugby)
Elliot DALY (Saracens)
Antoine DUPONT (Stade Toulousain)
Eben ETZEBETH (Cell C Sharks)
Jaden HENDRIKSE (Cell C Sharks)
Siya KOLISI (Cell C Sharks)
Makazole MAPIMPI (Cell C Sharks)
Julien MARCHAND (Stade Toulousain)
Emmanuel MEAFOU (Stade Toulousain)
Jamie OSBORNE (Leinster Rugby)
Garry RINGROSE (Leinster Rugby)
Justin TIPURIC (Ospreys)
Josh VAN DER FLIER (Leinster Rugby)
Judging Panel – Bryan Habana (two-time Heineken Champions Cup winner), Sarah Hunter (former England captain), Elma Smit (sports presenter and producer), Andy Goode (two-time Heineken Cup winner), Dimitri Yachvili (France Télévisions and Challenge Cup winner)
Roll of Honour – 2022: Josh van der Flier (Leinster Rugby) ; 2021: Antoine Dupont (Stade Toulousain) ; 2020: Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs); 2019: Alex Goode (Saracens); 2018: Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92); 2017: Owen Farrell (Saracens); 2016: Maro Itoje (Saracens); 2015: Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne); 2014: Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon); 2013: Jonny Wilkinson (RC Toulon); 2012: Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby); 2011: Sean O’Brien (Leinster Rugby); 2010: Ronan O’Gara (Munster Rugby – best player of first 15 years of European professional club competitions)