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Stockdale Voted Six Nations Player Of The Championship

Stockdale Voted Six Nations Player Of The Championship

A memorable NatWest 6 Nations campaign for Ireland just got even better as record-breaking winger Jacob Stockdale was named the 2018 NatWest Player of the Championship.

Jacob Stockdale bagged a NatWest 6 Nations record seven tries as he helped Ireland secure an historic Grand Slam for only the third time in their history. The Ulster star, who scored against England, Italy, Scotland and Wales during this year’s Championship, eclipsed the six tries set by Chris Ashton, Will Greenwood and Shane Williams.
Stockdale’s team-mate for province and country, Iain Henderson, presented the prestigious NatWest Player of the Championship trophy to him yesterday.
Playing in the Ulster Bank League with Ballynahinch as recently as 2016, Stockdale’s progression has been incredible and his meteoric rise continues to gather pace with this prestigious accolade.
The 21-year-old was a clear winner of the public vote for Player of the Championship, securing 32% of rugby fans’ votes. His Ireland team-mate Conor Murray was second with 18.2%, just edging fellow Irishman Jonathan Sexton into third on 18%.
Another Ireland winger took fourth place with Keith Earls garnering 14.5% of the votes, followed by Italy’s rising star, Matteo Minozzi, who earned 13.2%. France captain Guilhem Cuirado completed the line-up with 4.1%.

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Stockdale, who only had four Ireland caps heading into his maiden Six Nations tournament, commented: “It’s been a truly memorable few weeks, making my first NatWest 6 Nations appearance, winning the Championship then going on to complete the Grand Slam against England. Breaking the try-scoring record was the cherry on top!

“It’s an absolute honour to win the NatWest Player of the Championship, especially when you look at the amazing calibre of those shortlisted. Thank you to everyone who voted and for all the fans who gave us so much support throughout the Championship.”
The NatWest Player of the Championship shortlist was selected by a media panel of distinguished rugby writers and broadcasters from across the six nations. Each member of the panel submitted their top three nominations for the award, from which the six players with the most number of votes were identified for the shortlist. The panel were supplied with Opta stats to assist their selections. The shortlist was open for public voting for two days.


Jacob Stockdale 25,114 (32% of votes)
Conor Murray 14,278 (18.2%)
Jonathan Sexton 14,163 (18%)
Keith Earls 11,410 (14.5%)
Matteo Minozzi 10,394 (13.2%)
Guilhem Guirado 3,181 (4.1%)

2017 – Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
2016 – Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
2015 – Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
2014 – Mike Brown (England)
2013 – Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
2012 – Dan Lydiate (Wales)
2011 – Andrea Masi (Italy)
2010 – Tommy Bowe (Ireland)
2009 – Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

2008 – Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 – Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
2006 – Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

2005 –  Martyn Williams (Wales)
2004 – Gordon D’Arcy (Ireland)