IRB Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by the International Rugby Board. It is awarded to the player who is adjudged to have been the best performer in rugby union internationals in the preceding season, from January to the final test match of the year. In a year when the Rugby World Cup tournament is staged, performances in that event are also taken into account. It was first awarded in 2001. From 2004 to 2007, the award was called the IRB International Player of the Year, and it is sometimes colloquially referred to as the IRB World Player of the Year.