Masi wins Player of the Six Nations award

Italy utility back Andrea Masi has been voted the Six Nations player of the tournament following a public vote.

Masi picked up 30 percent of the 17,562 votes cast, with Italy team-mate Fabio Semenzato coming second.

The 29-year-old, who can play anywhere across the back-line, became the first Italian winner of the award.

“It has been a championship of highs and lows for the Italian team. Our win against France will go down in rugby history but to finish sixth (last) frustrated us all,” he said.

“However, to be named the player of the championship is a fantastic way to end what has been one of the most competitive championships I can remember.

“We have worked hard this year and can be proud of our achievements. Italian rugby continues to strengthen and we are very happy with our progress as a team.

“To be the first Italian voted to win this award by the fans is a huge compliment.”

Masi was nominated for the award after his man-of-the-match performance in the shock win over France.

He scored two tries, including one against France, during the tournament and succeeded Ireland’s Tommy Bowe, who won last year’s award.

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