Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit named World Rugby Player of the Year

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South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit has been named World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year.

The flanker helped his side to Rugby World Cup victory with a magnificent performance in the final against England, and was a crucial figure on the blindside throughout the tournament.

There were also awards for coach Rassie Erasmus after he guided the Springboks to World Cup victory, and England’s centre Emily Scarratt, who won the Women’s Player of the Year award.

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“To my team-mates and our coaching staff, everyone here tonight said it is a team sport and I can’t emphasise it more,” du Toit said after picking up his award.

“To my team-mates, the friendship we made over these last few months is unbelievable and for me personally it is a massive honour for me to accept this award.

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“I think if the players around you play good rugby as well and you have got good coaching staff around you and you set your standards a bit higher it is just the way your life goes forward.

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