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Farrell and Itoje nominated for World Rugby's player of the year award

Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje have been nominated for World Rugby's player of the year award. Credit: PA

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.

Veteran Roberts called into Wales autumn Test squad

Jamie Roberts has been called into Wales' autumn Test squad as injury cover. Credit: PA

Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts has been called into Wales' autumn Test squad as injury cover.

Roberts, who has won 93 caps, missed out on a place in the original 36-man party announced by Wales head coach Warren Gatland last month.

But he has now reported for duty at Wales' training base, along with another call-up in Cardiff Blues prop Scott Andrews, who is currently on loan with Aviva Premiership club Bath.

Wales are awaiting an update on star centre Jonathan Davies' fitness for the rest of their autumn campaign after he was injured during Saturday's 29-21 defeat against Australia.

Davies was helped from the Principality Stadium pitch after suffering a suspected ankle injury during the dying seconds.

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