Saracens' Billy Vunipola has been nominated for the England player of the year award

Times Series: Billy Vunipola in action for England against Australia in November. Picture: Action Images Billy Vunipola in action for England against Australia in November. Picture: Action Images

Saracens backrow Billy Vunipola has been named on a three man shortlist for the Rugby Players Association England player of the year award.

The Australian-born England International has had a superb season for club and country and has also being nominated for the LV= Young Player of the year award.

Vunipola broke into the England team earlier this season and was a key part of England’s Triple Crown winning squad.

Full back Mike Brown and last year’s winner Joe Launchbury have also been nominated.

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