Former All Black Dan Carter, who now plays for French club Racing 92, has been nominated alongside 15 other players for the European player of the year award.
The list includes former All Black wing Charles Piutau, who now plays for London Wasps, and former Hurricanes number eight, turned Exeter Chiefs loose forward - Thomas Waldrom.
Carter's Racing 92 and Piutau's Wasps play in the semifinals of Europe's Champions Cup this weekend.
Earlier this week Carter won the comeback of the year award at the Laureus Awards in Berlin.
The list also features six of England's Grand Slam-winning squad in the recent Six Nations.
The winner be announced next month.
EUROPEAN RUGBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Steffon Armitage (Toulon)
Dan Carter (Racing 92)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)
Guilhem Guirado (Toulon)
Juan Imhoff (Racing 92)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
George North (Northampton Saints)
Charles Piutau (Wasps)
George Smith (Wasps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)