Johan Goosen was named the best player in the Top 14 for the 2015/16 season by his peers on Monday.
The versatile Goosen, who plays for Racing 92, can play fly-half, full-back and outside centre and recently made his comeback to international rugby with the Springboks in the Rugby Championship, where he wore the number 15 jersey.
Goosen got the award ahead of team-mate and former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter and the Fijian Joshua Tuisova from Toulon.
“I wasn’t expecting it. When I look at the other names… Dan… no need to say anything more,” Goosen told AFP.
“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 for Laurent Travers, Laurent Labit and Ronan O’Gara.