Springbok beat off All Black for Top 14 award

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:12
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NEWS: Versatile Springbok Johan Goosen was named by his peers as the best player in the Top 14 for the 2015-16 season.

The news of Goosen's award was done at an annual prize-giving ceremony for the French championship.

The Racing 92 man, who can operate at fullback, centre and flyhalf, beat out the New Zealand star and teammate Dan Carter and the Fijian Josua Tuisova of Toulon - to take the honour at the "Nuit De Rugby" (Night of Rugby).

Goosen, who was played at fullback, was axed from the Bok matchday squad for the latter rounds of the Rugby Championship - when coach Allister Coetzee named another flyhalf, Patrick Lambie, at fullback, following a three-month injury lay-off.

Goosen was upbeat about his award.

"I wasn't expecting it," Goosen said.

"When I look at the other names, Dan, no need to say anything more," Goosen, 24, added.

"And as for Josua, he had a great season, so I take this award with great humility."

Racing, who won the Top 14 last season, also took the award for best coaching team.

They are Laurent Travers, Laurent Labit and Ronan O'Gara.

Agence France-Presse