Three Lions from Ireland’s contingent of 14 have been nominated for the Bord Gáis Irish Rugby Union Players Association Players’ Player of the Year Award.
Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll, Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris and 2008 winner Tommy Bowe will contest the accolade with the winner announced on May 6 in Dublin.
The trio played in every game of Ireland’s Grand Slam success and will travel with Ian McGeechan’s squad to South Africa in the summer.
Bowe, who is also nominated for his vital try against Wales in Cardiff, said: "It's a tremendous honor to be nominated by my peers for these awards and to be nominated in two categories is a great honor for me and my family. This has been an unbelievable season for me and for Irish rugby and to be nominated alongside the outstanding names on this list is a privilege."
Another Lion Keith Earls will contest the Young Player of the Year Award with Leinster’s Cian Healy and Ulster centre Darren Cave.
Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Players Player of the Year 2009
Tommy Bowe Ospreys
Stephen Ferris Ulster
Brian O’Driscoll Leinster
IRUPA Club Energise Sport Unsung Hero of the Year 2009
Rory Best Ulster
John Hayes Munster
Stan Wright Leinster
IRUPA Nature Valley Young Player of the Year 2009
Darren Cave Ulster
Keith Earls Munster
Cian Healy Leinster
IRUPA Tyrone Crystal Try of the Year 2009
Tommy Bowe Wales V Ireland
Jamie Heaslip Ireland V France
Brian O’Driscoll Leinster V Wasps