Pieter-Steph du Toit had his excellent season recognised as he was named Player of the Year for 2019 at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on Sunday.
The flank played a crucial role in the Springboks’ campaign as they claimed the World Cup title for the first time since 2007, while they also won the Rugby Championship earlier this year.
Du Toit started five World Cup games, scoring a try in the Boks’ opener against New Zealand and finishing as the team’s top tackler with 61 tackles and a success rate of 85%.
The 27-year-old beat teammate Cheslin Kolbe, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones, flanks Ardie Savea and Tom Curry and USA hooker Joe Taufete’e to the award.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 3, 2019