There are eight players from the Champions Cup quarter-finalists, and two more from the Challenge Cup final eight, named on the shortlist of nominees for the Player of the Championship for the 2017 RBS 6 Nations.
Having won the RBS 6 Nations title for the second year running, England provide the most players with three - Wasps skipper Joe Launchbury and Saracens duo Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell. Italian skipper Sergio Parisse, who will now switch his attention to leading Stade Francais Paris into a Challenge Cup quarter final against the Ospreys, joins them.
Scotland have two of their Glasgow Warriors contingent nominated, including last year's winner Stuart Hogg. He is joined by Finn Russell, who will now be planning to gain revenge over Farrell for Scotland's Calcutta Cup defeat when their clubs meet in the Champions Cup at Allianz Park on Sunday, 2 April.
Ireland's influential Munster duo of CJ Stander and Conor Murray have also made the list. Murray will have Wales and Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb vying with him for the crown after he was selected with Scarlets hooker Ken Owens
ASM Clermont Auvergne outside half Camille Lopez, the Championship's top points scorer, is joined by No 8 Louis Picamoles from France. Lopez kicked the matchwinning conversion in last weekend's win over Wales and will once again have a vital kicking duel with Leigh Halfpenny when RC Toulon head to Stade Marcel Michelin in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Players at every RBS 6 Nations match this year were awarded or deducted points based upon several different performance categories which cover all aspects of the game. These categories are proportionately weighted based on the different positions by an algorithm created by Accenture, Official Technology Partner of the RBS 6 Nations.
This year, Accenture has worked very closely with Accenture Analysis Team member, and former South Africa and Italy coach, Nick Mallett to draw up a shortlist of 12 players who have displayed specialist skills and outstanding ability throughout the whole Championship.
The Player of the Tournament will be selected by a public vote. Voting is open until 12 noon on Tuesday ,21 March and full details can be found HERE.
Munster Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will give Ireland and British & Irish Lions scrum half Conor Murray every chance of recovering full fitness to face Toulouse in the Champions Cup quarter-finals this weekend.