Former All Black and Taranaki rugby player Chris Masoe has been voted France's Top 14 player of the year by his fellow players.
The 33-year-old - capped 20 times by the All Blacks from 2005-07 - was outstanding for Castres last season as they reached the Top 14 semifinals and has maintained his form this term after joining Toulon.
Masoe, who played his last game for the All Blacks when they lost in the 2007 World Cup quarterfinals to France, succeeds France first five-eighth Francois Trinh-Duc as winner of the prestigious award.
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