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

Winners by Country[edit]

8  New Zealand
2  South Africa
2  France
1  Wales
1  Ireland
1  England

Multiple Nominations[edit]

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

Multiple Wins[edit]

3 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand)
3 Dan Carter ( New Zealand)

Nominations by Country[edit]

22  New Zealand
13  South Africa
12  Australia
8  Ireland
7  France
6  England
4  Wales
2  Argentina
2  Italy
2  Scotland

Other World Rugby Awards[edit]

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


  1. ^ "International 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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