sport news South Africa flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit crowned World Rugby player of the year

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South Africa complete hat-trick at World Rugby awards with Pieter-Steph du Toit crowned player of the year, Rassie Erasmus named best coach and Springboks winning team award Pieter-Steph Du Toit was a colossus for the Springboks during the World Cup  The flanker was rightly crowned World Rugby player of the year on Sunday  Rassie Erasmus, who will step down as South Africa boss, won best coach South Africa then completed a hat-trick of prizes by being named best team 

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Published: 14:48 GMT, 3 November 2019 | Updated: 15:26 GMT, 3 November 2019

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South Africa completed a memorable hat-trick at the World Rugby awards on Sunday, just 24 hours after winning the World Cup in Japan.

Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named World Rugby player of the year at a glitzy ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday, with Rassie Erasmus claiming the coaches' award and the Springboks taking the team accolade also.

Du Toit was a colossus 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. 

South African flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named World Rugby player of the year

South African flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named World Rugby player of the year

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.

'This is probably one of the best moments of my life,' said Du Toit.

'I think it is the two biggest experiences in the rugby world that you can get. It is as unbelievable experience for me and

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