Cheslin Kolbe crowned Top 14’s best

Toulouse utility back Cheslin Kolbe capped off a superb year when he won the Top 14 Player of the Season award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

The 26-year-old was part of South Africa’s squad which won the Rugby World Cup in Japan earlier this month as well as the Rugby Championship in August and he was also part of the Toulouse side which were crowned Top 14 champions in June.

“It’s 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,” said Kolbe.

“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.”

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Kolbe also won the award for scoring the best try of the Top 14 season (shown above) and was named the best Top 14 player at the World Cup, beating Fiji’s Semi Radradra and France’s Damian Penaud.

Clermont’s Penaud took home the prize as best France international after Les Bleus were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Lyon’s 21-year-old centre Pierre-Louis Barassi, who made his Test debut at the global showpiece, won the Young Player of the season award.