World Rugby Player of the Year

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World Rugby Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by World Rugby.[1] In a year when the Rugby World Cup tournament is staged, performances in that event are also taken into account. It was called the IRB International Player of the Year, and it is sometimes colloquially referred to as the IRB World Player of the Year. From 2007 until 2014, it was the IRB Player of the Year. Since 2014, following the International Rugby Board becoming World Rugby, the award has been titled the World Rugby Player of the Year.

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Year Winner Position Other nominees
2001 Keith Wood (Ireland Ireland) Hooker Australia George Gregan (Scrum-half)
border=1px Brian O'Driscoll (Centre)
Australia George Smith (Flanker)
England Jonny Wilkinson (Fly-half)
2002 Fabien Galthié ( France) Scrum-half New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
South Africa Joe van Niekerk (Flanker)
border=1px Brian O'Driscoll (Centre)
England Jason Robinson (Wing)
2003 Jonny Wilkinson ( England) Fly-half France Imanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
England Steve Thompson (Hooker)
Australia Phil Waugh (Flanker)
2004 Schalk Burger ( South Africa) Flanker France Serge Betsen (Flanker)
border=1px Gordon D'Arcy (Centre)
Australia Matt Giteau (Centre)
South Africa Marius Joubert (Centre)
2005 Dan Carter ( New Zealand) Fly-half South Africa Bryan Habana (Wing)
South Africa Victor Matfield (Lock)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
New Zealand Tana Umaga (Centre)
2006 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand) Flanker New Zealand Dan Carter (Fly-half)
Australia Chris Latham Fullback
border=1px Paul O'Connell (Lock)
South Africa Fourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
2007 Bryan Habana ( South Africa) Wing Argentina Felipe Contepomi (Centre)
Argentina Juan M. Hernández (Fly-half)
France Yannick Jauzion (Centre)
New Zealand Richie McCaw (Flanker)
2008 Shane Williams ( Wales) Wing Scotland Mike Blair (Scrum-half)
New Zealand Dan Carter (Fly-half)
Wales Ryan Jones (Number 8)
Italy Sergio Parisse (Number 8)
2009 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand) Flanker border=1px Jamie Heaslip
border=1px Brian O'Driscoll
South Africa Fourie du Preez
South Africa Francois Steyn
Australia Matt Giteau
England Tom Croft
2010 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand) Flanker New Zealand Mils Muliaina
South Africa Victor Matfield
France Imanol Harinordoquy
Australia David Pocock
Australia Kurtley Beale
2011 Thierry Dusautoir ( France)[2] Flanker New Zealand Piri Weepu
New Zealand Jerome Kaino
New Zealand Ma'a Nonu
Australia David Pocock
Australia Will Genia
2012 Dan Carter ( New Zealand) Fly-half England Owen Farrell
France Frederic Michalak
New Zealand Richie McCaw
2013 Kieran Read ( New Zealand) Flanker South Africa Eben Etzebeth
Wales Leigh Halfpenny
Italy Sergio Parisse
New Zealand Ben Smith
2014 Brodie Retallick ( New Zealand) Lock South Africa Willie le Roux
New Zealand Julian Savea
Ireland Jonathan Sexton
South Africa Duane Vermeulen
2015 Dan Carter ( New Zealand) Fly-half Australia Michael Hooper
Scotland Greig Laidlaw
Australia David Pocock
New Zealand Julian Savea
Wales Alun Wyn Jones
2016 Beauden Barrett ( New Zealand) Fly-half England Owen Farrell
England Maro Itoje
England Billy Vunipola
Ireland Jamie Heaslip
New Zealand Dane Coles

Multiple Wins[edit]

3 Richie McCaw  New Zealand
Dan Carter  New Zealand

Winners by Country[edit]

9  New Zealand
2  South Africa
1  Wales

Wins by position[edit]

6 Flanker
5 Fly-half
2 Wing
1 Hooker

Multiple Nominations[edit]

8 Richie McCaw  New Zealand
5 Dan Carter  New Zealand
3 Brian O'Driscoll  Ireland
David Pocock  Australia
2 Fourie du Preez  South Africa
Owen Farrell  England
Matt Giteau  Australia
Bryan Habana  South Africa
Imanol Harinordoquy  France
Jamie Heaslip  Ireland
Victor Matfield  South Africa
Sergio Parisse  Italy
Julian Savea  New Zealand
Jonny Wilkinson  England

Nominations by Country[edit]

24  New Zealand
13  South Africa
12  Australia
9  England
7  France
4  Wales
2  Argentina

Other World Rugby Awards[edit]

For more details on this topic, see World Rugby Awards.


  1. ^ "Intergnational Rugby Board - IRB Awards". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Dusautoir crowned IRB player of year". ESPNscrum. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 

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