Mercer and Ibitoye nominated for World Rugby award

England captain Zach Mercer and wing Gabriel Ibitoye have both been nominated for World Rugby Under 20 Championship player of the tournament.

Mercer scored a late try to help secure England’s path in Sunday’s final against New Zealand (3pm live on ITV4), while Ibitoye has scored five tries while in Georgia.

"It’s a massive achievement to be nominated and it would just top off a great season for me,” said Mercer.

“Hopefully we can get the result we want on Sunday and that would some it all up.”

Ibitoye, who scored a sensational try against Australia, added: “It’s a huge honour to be nominated.

“It’s completely out of the blue and my family are really proud of me.”

Three nations are represented in the shortlist in England, New Zealand and South Africa with a split of two forwards and three backs.

South Africa number eight Juarno Augustus scored twice in his side’s semi-final meeting with England on Tuesday, while Tiaan Falcon as well as Will Jordan were try-scorers in New Zealand's victory over France the same day and are also nominated.

Fans can cast their vote for the Player of the Tournament on World Rugby’s Facebook page between now and 19:30 local time (GMT+4) on Sunday with the winner announced at a function for teams that evening.

 


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