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 Romain Ntamack "revelation of the year". The French opener was preferred to world champion scrum-half 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 Stade Toulousain player made his debut with the Blues in February, eight months after his U20 World Championship title. 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.