| The winners will be announced in front of an audience of stars from the Aviva Premiership and the International game at the RPA Computacenter Rugby Players' Awards Dinner, to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 25th May.
Please see below for quotes from the nominees.
Manu Tuilagi caps a remarkable first season for Leicester Tigers with a place on the shortlist, having already won the Young Player award at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards dinner this week.
Sharples and Farrell have the chance to show why they've been nominated as they go head to head in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Semi Final this weekend.
The nominations in full are:
Computacenter Players' Player of the Year 2011
Chris Ashton - Northampton Saints
Norman Broadbent Young Player of the Year 2011
Courtney Lawes - Northampton Saints
Damian Hopley, RPA CEO said, " If you asked players at the beginning of the season which award they would covet most, the vast majority would opt for the Players' Player of the Year because it shows you have earned the respect of all of your peers.
"Once again we see the depth of talent on show in the Aviva Premiership. It is heartening that for the second year running all nominees for the Norman Broadbent Young Player of the Year are English qualified. It is not unreasonable to expect over half of these Young Player nominees to feature in the 2011 World Cup so the future of English Rugby is in very capable hands.
"The RPA Computacenter Rugby Players' Awards is a key date in the rugby calendar as it not only gives players the opportunity to recognise their colleagues' achievements, but also raises much needed funds for the RPA Benevolent Fund - the professional players' charity."
Quotes from RPA Computacenter Players' Player of the Year nominees:
Thomas Waldrom - Leicester Tigers: "The Players' Player Award is always the trophy that a player treasures the most as your team-mates and opponents know what it takes to reach that stage, so it's a privilege even to make the shortlist, especially in my first season at Leicester Tigers. It has been such an exciting move for me joining the Tigers and I really appreciate the opportunity the coaches have given me and thank the players for helping me to settle in so well."
Tom Wood - Northampton Saints and England: "It has already been an unbelievable year for me, making my England debut and reaching the Aviva Premiership Semi Final and the Heineken Cup Final with Northampton Saints. I can't thank the coaches and players enough for helping me get this far. It's a privilege to be nominated by my fellow players and to make the cut for both the Players' Player and Young Player Awards. At least I get two shots at coming away with something!"
Chris Ashton - Northampton Saints and England: "It's a privilege to be voted for by the players again. You look at the names on the list and you realise how much quality there is out there and how hard it is to win. Tom's already won one award this week so I reckon it's time he takes a back seat for a while, but as long as the award goes to a Northampton player, I'll be happy."
Nick Evans - Harlequins and All Blacks: "It's the ultimate accolade to be nominated by fellow players. I'm loving my time at Harlequins and playing alongside such a fantastic group of guys. You can see by the quality of the players on the shortlist why the Aviva Premiership is such an exciting and tough competition to play in."
Chris Budgen - Exeter Chiefs: "It was a complete shock to be nominated and I was over the moon, it is an honour. It's been a great season for Exeter and a lot of the praise must go to the coaches. They have been fantastic and after a few wins they managed to keep our feet on the ground and focussed on the next challenge. It will be fantastic to go to the RPA Awards Dinner and catch up with the rest of the players and to fully celebrate Exeter's first season in the Aviva Premiership."
Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu - Gloucester Rugby and Samoa: "I am honoured that the players have nominated me. I don't really mind who wins because I'm humbled to be acknowledged by my peers. I accept the nomination on behalf of my outstanding teammates."