Flying Fijians number eight Viliame Mata has been named Pro 14 Player of the Year.

Edinburgh may have failed to reach the Guinness Pro14 play-offs and the top tier of Europe next season but they enjoyed a good night at the tournament’s annual awards in Dublin.

The 27-year-old Mata was voted by his peers to take home the Players’ Player of the Season award.

Mata has become a firm fans’ favourite at Edinburgh with his all-action style.

Last night he was rewarded for his performances in the Pro14.

The man known as “Bill”, who won an Olympic sevens gold for Fiji at Rio 2016, signed a contract extension until 2021 with Edinburgh in February.

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