Masi awarded 2011 RBS Player of the Championship

Andrea Masi

Andrea Masi, Italy’s powerful back, has been announced as the official RBS Player of the Championship for the 2011 RBS 6 Nations. Over 17,000 votes were registered ensuring that the RBS Player of the Championship award was won by an Italian for the first time.

On receiving the trophy, Andrea commented, “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 frustrated us all. However, to be named the RBS 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.”

The 2011 RBS Player of the Championship was decided as a result of a public vote, hosted on The shortlist was compiled of winners of the RBS Man of the Match award from the first four weekends. Andrea received his for Italy’s historic victory over France, scoring a try in that game as well as in their tie against Scotland.

Andrea Masi won his RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship Award whilst securing over 30% of the votes whilst Fabio Semenzato, also on the shortlist, came in second with just under 12%. The two Italians were closely followed by Sean O’Brien of Ireland and Toby Flood of RBS 6 Nations Champions England, both gaining just over 10% of the votes.

RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship Shortlist
• Andrea Masi (Italy)
• Fabio Semenzato (Italy)
• Toby Flood (England)
• Chris Ashton (England)
• Sean O’Brien (Ireland)
• Sam Warburton (Wales)
• Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
• Maxime Medard (France)
• James Haskell (England)
• James Hook (Wales)
• Tom Palmer (England)
• Thierry Dusautoir (France)

Who did you vote for? Do you think it’s a fair result?

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12 thoughts on “Masi awarded 2011 RBS Player of the Championship

  1. The shortlist was made up of all those players who received a man of the match award in the first 4 rounds, hence some of the most consistently good players in the tournament were not on it. Half the guys on that list wouldn’t even make it into the team of the tournament.

    Also not a fan of the public deciding on things like this. I haven’t come across anyone who has voted. Has anyone on here voted? And if not, given that by definition we are all rugby tragics who know a fair bit about the game, who on earth has?

  2. He only came to prominence in the last 2 games! The system is a farse, the idea that if you have one good game in 5 you can get player of the whole tournament is a joke! To miss off Parisse and Gray is ridiculous!

  3. Did nobody see him on the wing earlier in the tournament? I thought Bowe was lucky to win last year – maybe because all the Irish voted for him whilst the French vote was split?

  4. Bit stupid really. Parisse and Semenzato were far and away the best 2 Italy players (and Italy won the wooden spoon remember), and an argument could be made for Zanni as the 3rd best.

    For me the top 5 (in no particular order): Parisse, O’Brien, Youngs, Flood, Grey

  5. Wouldn’t have Youngs anywhere near that list, thought he was poor for each of the last 3 games.

    Parisse, Ashton, O’Driscoll, Gray, Flood/O’Brien/Harinordiquy

    Think we’re all agreed on Parisse anyway

  6. I voted for Sam Warburton, who was fantastically consisten throughout the Championship.I would have also included Haskell, Parisse, O’Brien as some who could have got my vote.I would not have voted for James Hook who did not have a great championship, no Chris Ashton or simply scored place down tries.I do think asking people to vote does not get the right result in these instances because we all have our favourites and it becomes a bit like the Eurovision song contest.However I am glad for Masse because Italy brought a great deal to the Championship

  7. Your e-mail came up as spam. I can see why. I’ve never seen a short list like it. Doeasn’t say a lot for your punters.

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