Parisse crowned best in France

Date published: January 19 2016

Stade Français number eight Sergio Parisse has been crowned Top 14 Player of the Season for 2014/2015 at an awards ceremony in Paris.

Parisse guided his side to the Top 14 title last year for the first time since 2007 by defeating Toulon in the semi-finals and Clermont in the final.

The 32-year-old Italy international clinched the award ahead of Toulon star Matt Giteau.

"From a personal point of view I'm truly proud," Parisse told AFP.

"But I'm mostly delighted for the team, the club, the youngsters who enabled us to win this the Top 14 title.

"We're a long way from it right now (Stade are down in 11th this season) but it's enjoyable remembering the verve of last season."

Other award winners on the night were new France call-up and Stade Français centre Jonathan Danty, who won Breakthrough Player of the Year, and Stade Français coach Gonzalo Quesada who picked up the Coach of the Year award.

Yoann Huget, whose Rugby World Cup was cut short by injury, was named France Player of the Year while Jérôme Garcès was named Best Referee.

Pau's Irish back-row James Coughlan was named Pro D2 Player of the Year after guiding the side to promotion.