All Black first five Dan Carter in action against Scotland
in Edinburgh last month. Carter has been named the IRB
Player of the Year for 2012. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty
All Black first five-eighth Dan Carter has been named the
IRB Player of the Year for 2012 - the second time he was won
The 30-year-old first received the honour back in 2005 and
becomes the only player other than his captain Richie McCaw
to have received the prestigious award more than once.
Carter edged out McCaw, England number 10 Owen Farrell and
France first-five Frederic Michalak for the award in one of
the most closely fought battles in a year of high-calibre
performances on the international stage.
The accolade completes a hat-trick of awards for New Zealand,
as the All Blacks were named IRB Team of the Year for the
sixth time and Steve Hansen the IRB Coach of the Year at the
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London today.
Carter, the leading point scorer in Test Rugby with 1385 in
his 94 appearances to date, has bounced back in great style
from the disappointment of missing the majority of the All
Blacks' Rugby World Cup-winning campaign through a groin
Last month New Zealand celebrated their third anniversary as
the number one team in the IRB World Rankings, playing an
up-tempo brand of Rugby that was not only pleasing on the eye
but extremely successful.
After an eight-year apprenticeship as Graham Henry's
assistant, Hansen has seamlessly stepped up to the role of
head coach and arguably taken the All Blacks on to even
Under his command New Zealand were unbeaten in the calendar
year until a 38-21 loss to England at Twickenham on Sunday, a
result which brought to an end their 20-match unbeaten run.
In this time the All Blacks claimed the Bledisloe Cup for the
10th consecutive year on their way to the inaugural Rugby
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset presented McCaw with the Team
Award and the Players' Award on Carter's behalf, while IRB
Vice Chairman Oregan Hoskins presented Hansen with the Coach
"New Zealand have again been the stand out team of the year
with their 20-match unbeaten run and thoroughly deserve the
IRB Team of the Year award along with Steve Hansen as IRB
Coach of the Year for his feats in keeping a Rugby World Cup
winning-team winning," said Lapasset.
"Dan Carter has bounced back from the disappointment of
missing the majority of the World Cup through injury to show
what a truly magnificent player he is and a wonderful
ambassador for our sport. Winning this award for the second
time reflects his sheer talent and ability."
The IRB Player of the Year award is selected by the IRB
Awards independent panel of judges, comprising former
internationals with more than 500 Test caps between them.
Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois
Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga, Paul
Wallace and convenor John Eales watched more than 100 hours
of Test action, awarding points to the three players they
thought stood out in each match.
Previous winners of IRB Player of the Year Award:
2011 - Thierry Dusautoir (France)
2010 - Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2009 - Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 - Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 - Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 - Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 - Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2004 - Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 - Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 - Fabien Galthié (France)
2001 - Keith Wood (Ireland)