Paris - Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe was named the Top 14's player of
the season on Monday, the French league announced at a ceremony in
Kolbe, 26, lifted the Webb Ellis Cup with the Springboks
earlier this month as well as the Rugby Championship in August after
having helped his club Toulouse to the French domestic title in June.
been a phenomenal season, not just for me but for my club and for my
country, winning the Top 14, The Rugby Championship and then World Cup
in one year I'm really blessed," Kolbe said.
"I couldn't have done
this without all my team-mates. I give credit to all of them because if
they didn't create opportunities for me as a wing to finish off I
wouldn't be standing here now," he added.
The Rio Olympic Games
bronze medallist, who made his international debut after joining
Toulouse in 2017, scored six tries in 16 league appearances before Ugo
Mola's side lifted the Bouclier de Brennus for a record-extending 20th
time at the Stade de France.
Kolbe also won the award for the
best Top 14 player at the World Cup, beating Fiji's Semi Radradra and
France's Damian Penaud as well as winning the award for the try of the
Clermont's Penaud took the prize for the France
international after 'Les Bleus' were knocked out of the World Cup in the
Lyon's 21-year-old centre Pierre-Louis Barassi,
who made his Test debut during the tournament in Japan, won the young
player of the season award.
Bayonne scrumhalf Pauline Bourdon
won the women's player of the season award as France beat New Zealand's
Black Ferns for the first time.