World winner du Toit voted South Africa’s Player of the Year

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Springboks flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named South Africa’s Player of the Year yesterday to cap a fabulous season after he won the Rugby World Cup in Japan and earned world player of the year honours.

It’s the third time in four years du Toit has been voted South Africa’s best player.

The 27-year-old became the third player to win the South African player of the year award three times, matching former Springboks great Naas Botha and 2007 World Cup-winning wing Bryan Habana.

Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe, Makazole Mapimpi and Duane Vermeulen, all members of South Africa’s World Cup winning team in Japan in November, were also nominated for the 2019 South African player of the year.