Tevita Li up for IRB Junior Player of the Year

Last updated 07:58 18/06/2014
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NOMINEE: Tevita Li is a 1:4 chance at being named IRB Junior Player of the Year.

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New Zealand Under-20s rugby star Tevita Li is one of four players nominated for the IRB Junior Player of the Year award.

Li, the Blues and Baby Blacks flyer, was named alongside South African captain Handré Pollard, England wing Nathan Earle and Irish centre Garry Ringrose.

The winner will be named after Friday night's Under-20 World Cup final between South Africa and England.

Management from the 12 teams involved in the tournament voted on their top three players after each round to form the shortlist.

Li only linked up with the New Zealand Under-20 squad on the eve of the tournament following his commitments with Super Rugby's Blues.

He scored a hat-trick in New Zealand's pool play loss to South Africa and five tries in the tournament.

Luke Braid, Aaron Cruden and Julian Savea won the award in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively while fellow Kiwis Winston Stanley (2009), Tyler Bleyendaal (2010), Luke Whitelock (2011), Sam Cane (2011) and Ardie Savea (2013) were all nominees.

The public now has the chance to vote on the shortlist via Facebook.

''The results of the public poll will be considered, along with the original votes, when finalising the winner,'' the IRB website said.

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