18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
The news will troble England boss Clive Woodward. Dawson is one of nine members of the World Cup-winning squad to be nursing injuries, with Mike Tindall, Iain Balshaw, Mike Catt, Jonny Wilkinson, Richard Hill, Lewis Moody, Julian White and Martin Corry all struggling.
And Sale's Charlie Hodgson - the likely back-up to Wilkinson at fly-half - is awaiting the results of a scan after injuring his knee. England's Six Nations campaign opens against Italy in Rome on 15 February.
The Saints star scrum half will miss the make-or-break Round 6 tie against the Sacrlets at Franklin's Gardens.