19 Sep 2017

Vito picks up top French gong

11:35 am on 19 September 2017

The former All Black and Hurricanes loose forward Victor Vito has been named player of the year in French Rugby's Top 14 competition after a standout season for beaten semi-finalists La Rochelle.

Hurricanes loose forward Victor Vito

Former Hurricanes loosie Victor Vito. Photo: Photosport

The 30-year-old beat out Lyon's England No 8 Carl Fearns and Clermont's French centre Remi Lamerat for the gong.

Vito played 33 Tests for the All Blacks and 100 games for the Hurricanes.

The award winner was selected by his peers and given out at a gala evening in Paris.

La Rochelle missed out on a place in the final - beaten 15-18 by runners-up Toulon.

Vito scored four tries in his 20 out of 27 games played by his team in the Top 14.