Rugby: Former All Blacks star Jerome Kaino on shortlist for European Player of the Year

Former two-time World Cup-winning All Black Jerome Kaino has made the five-man shortlist for the European Player of the Year Award.

38-year-old Kaino is one of three players from Toulouse, with the club to play La Rochelle in the final of the European Champions Cup later this month. 

All five players in the running are from the teams that will contest the final with La Rochelle's Gregory Alldritt and Will Skelton also on the list.

Four-time Champions Cup winners Toulouse are represented by captain Julien Marchand, France scrum-half Antoine Dupont and Kaino.

The winner of the award - the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy - will be announced following the Champions Cup final on May 22.

Kaino played 83 tests for the All Blacks in a 13-year-stretch after making his debut in 2004. 

The blindside flanker was also a long-serving Super Rugby player with the Blues, capped 137 times while he also made 47 provincial appearances for Auckland.

Kaino was a member of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning All Black sides and ended his international career against the British and Irish Lions in 2017. 

Kaino signed for Toulouse following his retirement from international rugby at the end of 2017.