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Florian Fritz named French player of the year

AFP , PARIS

France center Florian Fritz, left, scores a try during the Six Nations rugby union match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on March 18.

PHOTO: AFP

Toulouse center Florian Fritz was named France's player of the year on Monday while Fijian winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca was awarded player of the championship.

Caucaunibuca, who was not present as he is still in Fiji with his wife who gave birth to their second child in the middle of September, has been the leading try scorer in the last two seasons with 16 and 17 respectively for his club Agen.

Fritz has flourished in the international set-up this year, having made his Test debut against Australia at Marseille's Stade Velodrome in November last year.

His rise to prominence stems from his move to Toulouse from Bourgoin in August 2004 and saw him win the European Cup with the French giants last year.

List of award winners:

Best player in championship 2005/2006: Rupeni Caucaunibuca (Agen)

Best international: Florian Fritz (Toulouse)

Revelation: Lionel Beauxis (Pau, Stade Francais)

Best player second division: Sebastien Fauque (Montauban)

Best coach in championship: Jacques Delmas (Biarritz)

Best coach in second division: Henri Broncan (Auch)

Best referee: Joel Jutge

Best spectators in championship: Bayonne

Best spectators second division: Montauban

Best emotional moment: Toulouse spectators applauding Serge Betsen of Biarritz being taken off injured in their match on Oct. 9 last year.

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