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.