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Bern, Daley-Mclean and McKenna all vying for England award

Bern, Daley-Mclean and McKenna all vying for England award

England secured the Grand Slam in the 2019 Women's Six Nations (Inpho)

  • Sarah Bern, Katy Daley-Mclean and Sarah McKenna make shorlist for player of the year
  • Nominees are selected by their Red Rose teammates
  • England won a second Grand Slam in three years in the 2019 Women's Six Nations

Sarah Bern, Katy Daley-Mclean and Sarah McKenna are the three England players nominated for the player of the year award after their efforts in securing a Grand Slam in the 2019 Women’s Six Nations.

The England Women’s player of the year award is presented to the outstanding player from the 2018-19 season, as voted by the England women’s elite playing squad.

Daley-Mclean pulled the strings at fly-half for the Red Roses in their clean sweep during the 2019 Championship while McKenna caugh the eye at full-back.

And prop Bern impressed on her return from injury in both the tight and the loose for an England side that won five from five to secure their second Grand Slam in three years.

Bern said she was“overwhelmed” to be nominated for the award.

“I have always felt the most important recognition you can ever have is from your teammates and to have them support me in this way is both incredible and unbelievable,” she said.

Fly half Daley-Mclean said: “To be nominated by your peers in any sport is special but for me personally, to be recognised by my England teammates means so much more.

“I feel exceptionally proud to wear the red rose and my teammates are the people I respect the most, therefore I must thank them for their amazing support.”

And McKenna added that to be recognised by her team mates was the “ultimate compliment”, saying: “I was delighted when I received the news. I didn’t expect the recognition and I am proud and humbled by the support from my team.”