Toulon and former Wallaby inside centre Matt Giteau has been named the Top 14’s Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season.
Toulon inside centre Matt Giteau has been named the Top 14’s Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season.
Giteau received the gong at the Top 14’s awards function in Paris on Monday.
The former Wallaby stalwart finished Toulon’s victorious Top 14 campaign with nine tries and contributed a total of 84 points.
“I am very happy, last year was extraordinary and I am very proud,” Giteau told AFP.
“It is perfect, there is nothing I would have changed.”
His former Toulon team-mate, retired fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, was also honoured and received a special award, after he played a major role in helping Toulon to win a Top 14 and European Cup double.
“It is difficult to know how I feel, my emotions are flowing through me,” said the 35-year-old in French when receiving his award.
“I was paid to do something I adore, in the company of incredible players and coaches.
“I was supported by people throughout, and at the end of all that I end up with trophies …. I am beginning to realise how lucky I was.”
Toulon’s coaching staff were also rewarded as head coach Bernard Laporte and his assistants Pierre Mignoni and Jacques Delmas won the coaches award.
“I would like to congratulate above all the players,” said Laporte.
“When I see what this team achieved last season I cannot help but be blown away, overjoyed.
“I will never be able to thank them enough.”
24-year-old Racing Metro full-back Brice Dulin was named France’s best player in the international arena.