World Rugby Awards: All Blacks, Steve Hansen, Beauden Barrett win top awards again

The All Blacks have performed a clean sweep at the World Rugby awards, winning the player, coach and team of the year awards.

Beauden Barrett has been named player of the year, an award a New Zealand player has now won for five straight years. It caps off a fine year for the All Blacks first five-eighth who has stepped into the coveted 10 jersey with ease after playing a bench role previously for the side.

The All Blacks won team of the year award for the seventh straight year. The All Blacks were up against England and the Fiji sevens side. It is the tenth time the All Blacks have claimed the best team award since the awards began in 2001.

Coach Steve Hansen has also won the coach of the year gong for the fourth time.

Hansen has beaten England's Eddie Jones and Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan for the award. Last year Hansen controversially missed out on coach of the year to Australia's Michael Cheika.

"I'm hugely proud and humbled to receive this award," said Barrett.

"It's a team game and I accept it on behalf of the team."

Hansen, who has previously won the award in 2012, 2013 and 2014 said the 2016 side have done well considering the international retirements of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu.

"We lost a few big trees after 2011 but that makes space for new guys to flourish," he said.

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry is the only person to win the award more times than Hansen, with a record five awards.

England's Maro Itoje was named breakthrough player of the year, beating out All Blacks Ardie Savea and Anton Lienert-Brown.

In other awards England's Sarah Hunter won World Rugby Women's Player of the Year, an award Black Fern Fiao'o Fa'amausili was nominated for.

Seabelo Senatla (South Africa) was named World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year. Charlotte Caslick (Australia) won Women's Sevens Player of the Year beating Black Ferns Sevens ace Portia Woodman.

Caslick was hugely influential in Australia capturing both the World Series and Olympic crowns.

Ireland's Jamie Heaslip won the try of the year award for his effort against Italy. All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara was nominted for his effort against Argentina during the Rugby Championship.

Female referee Alhambra Nievas of Spain and South Africa's Rasta Rasivhenge were both named referee of the year.

World Rugby Men's Player of the Year
Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

World Rugby Women's Player of the Year:
Fiao'o Fa'amausili (New Zealand)

World Rugby Team of the Year
New Zealand
World Rugby Coach of the Year
Steve Hansen (New Zealand)
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year
Maro Itoje (England)
World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year
Charlotte Caslick (Australia)
World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year
Seabelo Senatla (South Africa)
Try of the Year
Jamie Heaslip (Ireland, v France)
World Rugby Referee Award
Alhambra Nievas (Spain) and Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)





- NZ Herald

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