England trio Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola have been included on a six-strong shortlist for World Rugby's 2016 Player of the Year award.
England have enjoyed a revival under head coach Eddie Jones, bouncing back from their ignominious group-stage exit at last year's World Cup with a 10-Test winning run that has included a Grand Slam and a 3-0 series whitewash of Australia.
Itoje, Farrell and Vunipola were also pivotal members of the Saracens team that claimed a European and Premiership double last season.
"There is class in abundance on this shortlist. There is also a great mix of experienced, proven campaigners and exciting young talent," World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement.
An All Black has won the award in each of the past four years, with Dan Carter scooping the prize in 2015.body check tags ::