Carter player of year

 Dec 04,2012
Written by: Editor

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter was named Player of the Year in a clean sweep by the world champions at the IRB awards in London on Monday.

The All Blacks, unbeaten in 20 Tests since the start of last year's RWC before Saturday's loss against England, were named Team of the Year.
Meanwhile, head coach Steve Hansen won the Coach of the Year award in his first year as boss.

Carter claimed the personal award ahead of England's Owen Farrell, his All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and France's Frederic Michalak to the award, won last year by Thierry Dusautoir.

It was the second time the 30-year-old Carter, who this year returned from injury problems that saw him miss out on New Zealand's World Cup triumph, had won the IRB honour, following his success in 2005.
This was the third straight year New Zealand had won the team award, with Hansen keeping the coaching prize in the country following the back-to-back wins of World Cup-winning boss Graham Henry.

IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset presented McCaw with the team award and players' award on Carter's behalf at the World Cup pool draw in London, while Hansen received his award from IRB vice-chairman Oregan Hoskins.

"Dan Carter has bounced back from the disappointment of missing the majority of the (2011) World Cup through injury to show what a truly magnificent player he is and a wonderful ambassador for our sport," said Lapasset.

"Winning this award for the second time reflects his sheer talent and ability."


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