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Canadians Russell and Harvey on shortlist for IRB Women's Player of Year honour

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PARIS - Canada's Kelly Russell and Magali Harvey have been nominated for the IRB Women's Player of the Year award.

Ireland full back Niamh Briggs and France No. 8 Safi N’Diaye were also on the shortlist, released Wednesday by the International Rugby Board.

Harvey, from Quebec City, scored 26 points on three tries, four conversions and a penalty in Canada's opening victory over Spain at the Women's Rugby World Cup. The 23-year-old wing also helped Canada reach the final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament last year.

Entering Wednesday's semifinal against host France, Harvey leads the Canadian team with 39 points.

Russell, the team captain and No. 8 from Bolton, Ont., is playing in her second straight Women's Rugby World Cup. The 27-year-old is also a member of Canada's sevens side.

"I would like to congratulate all four of these players who have made the shortlist," said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset. "By making this exclusive list, they have already achieved something special regardless of who eventually wins the award."

The winner will be named Sunday.

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