The Olympic gold medallist is up against Perry Baker from the United States and South Africa's Rosko Specman.
All three players were a named in the Dream Team for the 2016/17 season, while American flyer Baker topped the point and try scoring tallies.
Samisoni Viriviri was the last Fijian to win the award in 2014.
The winners will be announced at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on November 26.
Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima Jerry Tuwai breaks free during the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.