Eben Etzebeth has been topped MyPlayers Gamers’ Participant of the 12 months after serving to the Springboks win an unprecedented fourth World Cup in 2023.

The Bok enforcer completed high of the tree after edging out fellow Bok World Cup winners Kurt-Lee Arendse, Manie Libbok, Frans Malherbe and Damian Willemse.

Shilton van Wyk and Rights Mkhari had been named sevens and ladies’s Participant of the 12 months, respectively.

All of them obtained the vast majority of the votes – forged by their friends – of their respective classes.

“On behalf of MyPlayers, I prolong my heartfelt congratulations to Eben, Shilton and Rights for being recognised because the excellent award winners of 2023,” MyPlayers chairperson Jean de Villiers mentioned.

“Their achievements not solely signify private excellence but in addition contribute to the collective success of the sport.

“As we rejoice their success, allow us to additionally acknowledge the onerous work and help of those that have been a part of their journeys.”

He added: “This yr’s competitors was exceptionally fierce with 5 Rugby World Cup winners being nominated for the Participant of the 12 months.

“One participant, particularly, has had an unimaginable season.

“Eben Etzebeth has absolutely solidified his standing as a legend of the sport, together with his back-to-back World Cup triumphs, to being nominated for the World Rugby Awards 2023 and his inclusion within the Males’s 15s Dream Group of the 12 months.

“His dedication to the sport, each on and off the sphere makes him a worthy awardee. An enormous congratulations to him!”

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