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Barrett among 5 nominees for rugby player award for 2017

FILE - In this Saturday, March 11, 2017 file photo, England's Maro Itoje, background, clatters into Scotland's Finn Russell during the Six Nations rugby union international between England and Scotland at Twickenham stadium in London. Itoje has been named on a five-man shortlist for the 2017 Rugby Player of the year award, it was reported on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, March 11, 2017 file photo, England's Maro Itoje, background, clatters into Scotland's Finn Russell during the Six Nations rugby union international between England and Scotland at Twickenham stadium in London. Itoje has been named on a five-man shortlist for the 2017 Rugby Player of the year award, it was reported on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

DUBLIN — Beauden Barrett, World Rugby's reigning player of the year, has been named on a five-man shortlist for the 2017 award.

The New Zealand flyhalf was joined on the list by teammate Rieko Ioane, England players Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, and Australia fullback Israel Folau.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 26 at a ceremony in Monte Carlo.

Farrell and Itoje were also on the shortlist for the 2016 award but lost to Barrett, who became the fifth straight New Zealand player to win the accolade after Dan Carter (2012, '15), Kieran Read (2013) and Brodie Retallick (2014).

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