Fardy shortlisted for top Europe gong

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by Beth Newman

Scott Fardy's stellar European season has him in the mix for the European Player of the Year.

The flanker is one of five players named on the shortlist for the award, which has been won by players like Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Jonny Wilkinson in previous years.

Fardy starred in Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets last weekend, earning man of the match honours, as the Irish side set up a final against French side, Racing 92.

The 39-Test Wallaby is one of three Leinster players named on the shortlist, with Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton the others, and Fijian lock Leone Nakawara and halfback Maxime Machenaud rounding out the shortlist.

Fans are able to vote in the awards, with those votes combined with the views of a panel of judges from the English and European media to determine the winner.

Fardy would be the first Australian to win the award since its 2011 inception, if he is successful, with the title and one million Turkish Airlines air miles up for grabs.

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