Players from the Sharks and Stormers dominate the nominations for the annual Super 14 Player of the Year award.
Rugby 365 reports that nominations were made by members of the media on request from SA Rugby.
Ryan Kankowski and Rory Kockott from the Sharks, as well as Jean de Villiers, Andries Bekker and Conrad Jantjes from the Vodacom Stormers are in the running for the Super 14 award.
The two coastal franchises were South Africa’s strongest representatives in this year’s competition.
The contenders for the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year are similarly split between two teams, with Burton Francis and Rocco Jansen from the Blue Bulls contending with Ashley Johnson and Wilton Pietersen from the Cheetahs.
Isma-eel Dollie from Western Province completes the nominations.
The winners in each category will be announced at the SA Rugby Awards Banquet later this year.
Super 14 Player of the Year nominees:
Andries Bekker (Stormers)
Jean de Villiers (Stormers)
Conrad Jantjes (Stormers)
Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)
Rory Kockott (Sharks)
Vodacom Cup Player of the Year nominees:
Isma-eel Dollie (Western Province)
Burton Francis (Blue Bulls)
Rocco Jansen (Blue Bulls)
Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs
Wilton Pietersen (Cheetahs)