Alan Wyn Jones also nominated
England have only one entry on the shortlist for rugby union world player of the year despite reaching tomorrow's World Cup final against South Africa.
Flanker Tom Curry's inclusion comes after an outstanding 2019, including a man of the match display in the quarter-final victory over Australia.
The 21-year-old is England's youngest player in Eddie Jones's squad.
Wales's outgoing captain Alun Wyn Jones is also among the six nominees.
The full list is as follows: Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa), Tom Curry (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa), Ardie Savea (New Zealand) and Joe Taufete’e (USA).