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Cheslin Kolbe set the Rugby World Cup final alight with a thrilling solo try, and now his exploits for club and country have been recognised with an award in France.
The Springbok right wing received the World Player of the Year title at the French rugby ‘Oscars’, the Midi Olympique #OscarsMidol awards, which took place in Paris on Monday night.
Kolbe has been a hit in France since joining Stade Toulouse in 2017 from the Stormers, and was part of the Toulouse team that won the French Top 14 title earlier this year.
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November 18, 2019
And despite missing two World Cup matches due to an ankle injury, the 26-year-old’s impact was immense for the Boks in Japan, none more so than in the final, where he sped down the right flank and stepped past England captain Owen Farrell for a memorable touchdown.
Kolbe missed out on the World Rugby Player of the Year award to national teammate Pieter-Steph du Toit a few weeks ago, but received an ‘Oscar’ from Bok record try-scorer Bryan Habana – who was handed a legend award as well – in Paris on Monday.
“I couldn’t have done this without my teammates at the club at Stade Toulousain and with my country. To get this award, it’s really special,” Kolbe told Midi Olympique.
“Everything that happens to me is totally crazy. It shows that things can always evolve. Since the beginning of my professional career, I have heard so many times that I was too small, too light, that I could not go further…
“I had the opportunity to prove that these people had wrong. Weight and size are nothing next to what you can accomplish with your determination.
“Just winning the World Cup has just made it so much sweeter, and it’s just brought so much hope and delightfulness to us as a team and as a country, because we face a lot of things back in South Africa.
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