With the World Cup just over, World Rugby has awarded individual rewards. Sunday, November 3, the day after the final, a panel of the international federation elected the French Roman Ntamack "revelation of the year". The French opener was preferred to world champion Herschel Jantjies (South Africa) and runner-up Joe Cokanasiga (England).
At 20, the son of former Blue Emile Ntamack is the first French to receive this distinction, awarded since 2015 to an international player for less than a year.
The player Stade Toulouse had made his debut with the Blues in February, six months after his title of world champion under 20 years. A glimmer of hope, despite the current state of French rugby, narrowly eliminated by the Welsh (20-19) in the quarterfinals. The new "revelation" of the year will be only 24 years old at the next World Cup in 2023. The one in France.
The player and coach titles of the year, on the other hand, rewarded two world champions with the Springboks: the third line Pieter-Steph du Toit and the coach Rassie Erasmus.Read also: Romain Ntamack, disciple of the Toulouse school