South Africa grabs all major 2019 Rugby Awards
2019-11-04 at 12:54
South African flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit has been named as the World Rugby player of the year at a ceremony in Tokyo, with Rassie Erasmus claiming the coaching award, fresh from securing the World Cup title on Saturday.
Du Toit was instrumental for the Springboks during the World Cup and dominated the breakdown during the final win over England, helping South Africa secure seven turnovers and proving a menace for the English throughout the match.
He also made 11 tackles and set up fellow player of the year nominee Cheslin Kolbe for the decisive final try in the 32-12 win.
Erasmus, who will be stepping down as South Africa coach to return to his role as the country’s director of rugby, not only secured the Springboks’ third World Cup title but also led them to a first Rugby Championship win since 2009.
Under Erasmus, South Africa have only lost once in 2019, in the pool stages to old rivals New Zealand.
Unsurprisingly, given their success over the past 12 months, South Africa also collected the team of the year award.
Captain Siya Kolisi collected the award on behalf of his team.