World Rugby Player of the Year

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World Rugby Player of the Year
Awarded for "the achievements of those involved at the highest level of the world game on the field"[1]
Location Monaco (2017)
Presented by World Rugby
First awarded 2001
Currently held by Beauden Barrett (NZL)
Website www.worldrugby.org/awards/past-winners

World Rugby Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by World Rugby at the World Rugby Awards.[1] 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.[2] The award is presented to honour "the achievements of those involved at the highest level of the world game on the field".[1] The first World Rugby Player of the Year award was presented in London in 2001.[2] The winner receives a trophy at an annual awards ceremony.[3] The voting panel select a list of nominees who can then be voted for by players, coaches, media representatives and the public via Twitter. Informed by the vote, the panel then select the winner.[4] As of 2017 the voting panel comprises John Smit, George Gregan, Maggie Alphonsi, Clive Woodward, Brian O'Driscoll, Agustín Pichot, Richie McCaw and Fabien Galthié.[5]

The inaugural winner of the award was Irish hooker Keith Wood who is considered one of the greatest Ireland and British and Irish Lions players.[6][7][8] New Zealanders (also known as All Blacks) dominate the list of winners having received the award on ten occasions. Two All Blacks have won the award three times – flanker Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010) and fly-half Dan Carter (2005, 2012 and 2015). Fly-half is the most successful position with six wins, followed by flanker with five. As of 2017, twelve of the seventeen recipients represent southern hemisphere teams. The winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2017 is New Zealand's Beauden Barrett. The All Black fly-half whose 2016 award citation acknowledged his "scintillating displays" which resulted in "defences often left flat-footed by his step and turn of pace",[9] became the first player since his countryman McCaw to retain the title.[10] His 2017 citation included acknowledgement of his top-scoring performance during the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand along with his debut captaincy of his country against the Barbarians in the Killik Cup.[11][12]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Year Image Winner Country Position Other nominees Ref(s)
2001 Keith Wood in 2012 Wood, KeithKeith Wood  Ireland Hooker  AustraliaGeorge Gregan (Scrum-half)
 IrelandBrian O'Driscoll (Centre)
 AustraliaGeorge Smith (Flanker)
 EnglandJonny Wilkinson (Fly-half)
[13][14]
2002 Fabien Galthié in 2008 Galthié, FabienFabien Galthié  France Scrum-half  New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
 South AfricaJoe van Niekerk (Flanker)
 IrelandBrian O'Driscoll (Centre)
 EnglandJason Robinson (Wing)
[15][16]
2003 Jonny Wilkinson in 2007 Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson  England Fly-half  FranceImanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
 EnglandSteve Thompson (Hooker)
 AustraliaPhil Waugh (Flanker)
[17][18]
2004 Schalk Burger in 2008 Burger, SchalkSchalk Burger  South Africa Flanker  FranceSerge Betsen (Flanker)
 IrelandGordon D'Arcy (Centre)
 AustraliaMatt Giteau (Centre)
 South AfricaMarius Joubert (Centre)
[19]
2005 Dan Carter in 2011 Carter, DanDan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half  South AfricaBryan Habana (Wing)
 South AfricaVictor Matfield (Lock)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
 New ZealandTana Umaga (Centre)
[20][21]
2006 Richie McCaw in 2008 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker  New ZealandDan Carter (Fly-half)
 AustraliaChris Latham (Full-back)
 IrelandPaul O'Connell (Lock)
 South AfricaFourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
[22][23]
2007 Bryan Habana in 2007 Habana, BryanBryan Habana  South Africa Wing  ArgentinaFelipe Contepomi (Centre)
 ArgentinaJuan M. Hernández (Fly-half)
 FranceYannick Jauzion (Centre)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
[24]
2008 Shane Williams in 2008 Williams, ShaneShane Williams  Wales Wing  ScotlandMike Blair (Scrum-half)
 New ZealandDan Carter (Fly-half)
 WalesRyan Jones (Number 8)
 ItalySergio Parisse (Number 8)
[25]
2009 Richie McCaw in 2011 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker  IrelandJamie Heaslip (Number 8)
 IrelandBrian O'Driscoll (Centre)
 South AfricaFourie du Preez (Scrum-half)
 South AfricaFrançois Steyn (Centre)
 AustraliaMatt Giteau (Fly-half)
 EnglandTom Croft (Flanker)
[13][22]
2010 Richie McCaw in 2011 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand Flanker  New ZealandMils Muliaina (Full-back)
 South AfricaVictor Matfield (Lock)
 FranceImanol Harinordoquy (Number 8)
 AustraliaDavid Pocock (Flanker)
 AustraliaKurtley Beale (Centre)
[22]
2011 Thierry Dusautoir in 2012 Dusautoir, ThierryThierry Dusautoir  France Flanker  New ZealandPiri Weepu (Scrum-half)
 New ZealandJerome Kaino (Flanker)
 New ZealandMa'a Nonu (Centre)
 AustraliaDavid Pocock (Flanker)
 AustraliaWill Genia (Scrum-half)
[15][26]
2012 Dan Carter in 2011 Carter, DanDan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half  EnglandOwen Farrell (Fly-half)
 FranceFrédéric Michalak (Fly-half)
 New ZealandRichie McCaw (Flanker)
[20]
2013 Kieran Read in 2011 Read, KieranKieran Read  New Zealand Number 8  South AfricaEben Etzebeth (Lock)
 WalesLeigh Halfpenny (Full-back)
 ItalySergio Parisse (Number 8)
 New ZealandBen Smith (Full-back)
[27]
2014 Brodie Retallick in 2014 Retallick, BrodieBrodie Retallick  New Zealand Lock  South AfricaWillie le Roux (Full-back)
 New ZealandJulian Savea (Wing)
 IrelandJonathan Sexton (Fly-half)
 South AfricaDuane Vermeulen (Number 8)
[28]
2015 Dan Carter in 2015 Carter, DanDan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half  AustraliaMichael Hooper (Flanker)
 ScotlandGreig Laidlaw (Scrum-half)
 AustraliaDavid Pocock (Flanker)
 New ZealandJulian Savea (Wing)
 WalesAlun Wyn Jones (Lock)
[29]
2016 Beauden Barrett in 2014 Barrett, BeaudenBeauden Barrett  New Zealand Fly-half  EnglandOwen Farrell (Fly-half)
 EnglandMaro Itoje (Lock)
 EnglandBilly Vunipola (Number 8)
 IrelandJamie Heaslip (Number 8)
 New ZealandDane Coles (Hooker)
[30][31]
2017 Beauden Barrett in 2017 Barrett, BeaudenBeauden Barrett  New Zealand Fly-half  AustraliaIsrael Folau (Full-back)
 EnglandOwen Farrell (Fly-half)
 EnglandMaro Itoje (Lock)
 New ZealandRieko Ioane (Wing)
[32][33]

Statistics[edit]

Correct as of the 2017 award

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