The expanded knockout stages of both the Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup are critical, with clubs having no margin for error in their quest for glory. The two April rounds will also go a long way towards defining the list of 15 nominees for EPCR European Player of the Year, which will be announced after the quarter-final matches.

More than 20,000 votes were cast last season through HeinekenChampionsCup.com and the opinions of the fans will again be canvassed this time, combined with the expertise of a prominent panel of pundits working on the tournaments who will deliberate until the conclusion of Finals Weekend to determine the winner.

Voting for the award will open on 13th April from this page and fans will be in the running to win a signed ball and a signed jersey of one of the Heineken Champions Cup finalist clubs.
The 15 nominated stars of the global game will then be trimmed down to just five candidates after the semi-finals, at the start of May.

The voting will then re-open and the winner of the 2021 award will be announced following the Heineken Champions Cup final.

Judging Panel: Erik Bonneval (beIN SPORTS), Bryan Habana (Channel 4), Sonja McLaughlan (BBC Radio 5 Live), Alan Quinlan (Virgin Media), Dimitri Yachvili (France Télévisions)

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