Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje have been nominated for World Rugby's player of the year award.
The England duo make the shortlist after excelling for the British and Irish Lions in the summer's drawn Test series with New Zealand.
All Blacks pair Beauden Barrett and Rieko Ioane and Australia's Israel Folau complete the contenders, with a new star-studded awards panel making the selections.
Supporters, international captains, coaches and the media will be able to add their voice to the deliberations, before the panel makes the ultimate decisions, with the gongs dished out at World Rugby's annual awards dinner in Monaco on November 26.
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British and Irish Lions Test hooker Jamie George has signed a long-term contract extension with Saracens.
Saracens, the reigning European champions and current Aviva Premiership leaders, said the England international's deal will keep him at Allianz Park until 2021.
George, 26, made his first-team debut for the club in 2009. He has won 17 England caps and started all three Tests for the Lions in New Zealand this summer.
British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton admits he didn't know quite what to make of the 15-15 draw with New Zealand in Auckland as the Test series was tied.
Warburton told Sky Sports: "It is a difficult one, it has got to be a first. It is difficult as players, if you go through the pressure and the emotion of the week, it is all geared towards winning.
"But, I guess, it is better than losing. We didn't lose the series. To be honest, I am a bit speechless, I don't know what to make of that. I was ready to go into extra-time! My legs weren't, they are cramping up everywhere."
New Zealand captain Kieran Read, playing his 100th Test, echoed Warburton's thoughts following the draw.
"I feel pretty hollow, to be honest," Read said.
"When you walk away with a draw, it doesn't really mean much. I will probably look at it in the future with a bit more pride."
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