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Last Updated: Monday, 17 November, 2003, 11:59 GMT
Paterson named top Scot
Chris Paterson celebrates in Australia
Chris Paterson was Scotland's top points scorer in Australia
Edinburgh fly-half Chris Paterson has been named Scotland's player of the tournament following their Rugby World Cup campaign.

Paterson was his country's top points scorer in Australia during their much-criticised progress to the quarter-finals.

Scotland's kicking specialist contributed 71 points - three tries, seven conversions, 13 penalties and one drop goal.

But he also showed his versatility, starting the tournament on the wing before showing his immense promise at fly-half as the Scots saved their best performance for the quarter-final defeat by hosts Australia.

Paterson said: "I'm delighted. The World Cup was obviously a huge event and to play five back-to-back internationals on successive weekends was a major test.

Chris won the vote by quite a margin
Alex Fitch, of the Famous Grouse
"While I would have obviously have preferred to still be in Australia at this stage, it was an achievement to reach the quarter-finals and this award reflects that."

Alex Fitch, PR executive for sponsors Famous Grouse, said: "Chris won the vote by quite a margin.

"He had an outstanding tournament and thoroughly deserves his award.

"Overall, it is sometimes difficult to pick out one player in what was a team performance. However, Chris stood out consistently."

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